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Program offers free back to school shopping for JCPS families in need

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The shopping trip was a first for Kenneth Bearden. His 4-year-old son Bryce is just weeks away from starting kindergarten. The shopping trip was a first for Kenneth Bearden. His 4-year-old son Bryce is just weeks away from starting kindergarten.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Organizers of the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program say each day this week, 170 families are scheduled to find what they need before heading back to school.

It's a program to help families of JCPS students that makes back to school shopping without spending a penny possible. 

The school shopping trip was a first for Kenneth Bearden. His 4-year-old son Bryce is just weeks away from starting kindergarten. What the single dad decides to take home will be free and he says the money he's saving could help pay the bills.

"It helps out tremendously," Bearden said. "It's hard, it's really hard. That's why I'm going to college and working a full time job so that I can provide for my son." 

To sign up, parents and guardians of JCPS students need to contact their child's school Family Resource Center or Family Resource and Youth Services Center. 

"We serve a couple thousand kids just this week," CAP Director Barbara Fischer said. 

While the program runs throughout the school year, this week is called 'Blitz Week.' Students can get uniforms, donated clothes, shoes and even books before heading back into the classroom.

"I think it's good. It's a lot of nice stuff that they have here," said Aren Coleman who was shopping for two of her kids. 

"They've got everything you need here," Bearden said.

The program has been running for more than 40 years and Fischer says the need is growing in this community.

"If we served a thousand kids 10 years ago, five years ago, and we can serve 6,000 or more now, so there is a greater need and they're more appreciative than ever," Fischer said. 

You can find out how to donate or volunteer here.

People who want to volunteer can also call (502)-485-7062. 

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