Most kids love picking out new back-to-school clothing and shoes every summer. Can you imagine being a school-aged child and having to start school with worn out, ill-fitting clothing? The lack of proper clothing is a main reason why children miss school. New clothes help improve self-esteem, and self-esteem helps children do better at school. Charity Newsies has worked to empower children since 1907, by helping clothe more than 500,000 children in Columbus and Franklin County since 1907.
Charity Newsies is gearing up for the school year by filling its warehouse with new pants, shirts, coats and school uniform essentials, and will be taking applications at select Columbus Metropolitan Library branches select Saturdays beginning July 6, and its Charity Newsies headquarters at 4300 Indianola Ave beginning on Monday, Aug. 5.
“Since most of the schools in central Ohio begin classes in August, we recognized that in order for more students to receive their new school clothes/uniforms and shoes before the first day of classes, we needed to take applications early in the summer,” said Tony Perez, Charity Newsies’ Board Chair.
Charity Newsies outfits students enrolled in public, parochial, charter and vocational schools throughout Franklin County. Any child in need should apply for clothing assistance.
Applications will be taken by Charity Newsies members at the following Columbus Metropolitan library branch locations. See library schedule here!
Aplications also accepted from August 6 – December 6 at Charity Newsies Headquarters (4300 Indianola Ave.)
Eligibility and application requirements
- Application must be completed by a parent or legal guardian;
- Each applicant must live in Franklin County;
- Verified attendance at a Franklin County K-12 school (public, private, charter or parochial). Children in kindergarten or any child 16 and older must obtain a current letter from their school verifying enrollment and attendance. The verification letter must be presented at the time of the clothing appointment. Children who are 16 and older must present a picture ID.
- A valid photo ID for guardian, social security card for guardian and each child, and proof of income (a recent pay stub or Human Services Benefit summary)
Upon successful completion of the application the child will receive a scheduled clothing appointment to visit Charity Newsies Headquarters to select pants, shirts, socks, undergarments and coat, and receive a $25 voucher to Payless Shoe Stores.
One hundred percent of financial donations help purchase new clothing. Learn more about events that benefit this program and how to get involved at www.charitynewsies.org or call (614) 263-4300.
photos via Charity Newsies
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