Oftentimes we hear about all the children around the world who need help, but what about the children who need our help in our very own back yard?
Since 2003, Clothes to Kids has provided more than 80,000 wardrobes to low-income and in crisis school-age children, all free of charge. More than 53,000 students in Pinellas County qualify for free or reduced price lunch and these are the kids that can “shop” at Clothes to Kids. A complete wardrobe consists of five new pairs of underwear, five new pairs of socks, five tops four bottoms, a pair of shoes and fun accessories as available.
To help with one of these basics, students of Leadership Pinellas' class of 2014 have committed to helping Clothes to Kids (CTK) collect badly needed new underwear for thousands of school children in need the month of October. Visit clothestokids.org for details.
POPS St. Petersburg collect 3,000 pairs of shoes during the month of October. Their reach includes finding paid internships in the fields the students are hoping to pursue, taking them on college tours, assisting with college applications and even some etiquette classes.
Donate shoes used or new and drop them off Sat., Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-noon, at Gibbs High School. Let's not continue to stand by while our youth is calling out for us to help them. 7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Contact Gwenreese@tampabay.rr.com.