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Charity Newsies Now Accepting Applications

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The Charity Newsies have been helping children in Franklin County for more than 100 years; and on Tuesday, they were back at it.  

The volunteers kicked off their program for the season Tuesday morning, preparing to help thousands of students in need.

Tracy Shephard's son is one of them.

"At first, I thought there was a closed shelter door; but now it's like every time I leave from here, I have a new family," said Shephard.

This is her third year using Charity Newsies. Their mission is that no child be kept out of school for lack of adequate clothing.

It's a mission close to Vice President Shari Carroll's heart.

"It's really focused on school children and getting them clothes, so they can walk out the door every morning feeling good about who they are," said Carroll.

Hundreds of people took a number and waited at headquarters Tuesday morning- just to be among the first to fill out an application.

Last year alone, the Charity Newsies helped more than 11,000 students by giving them brand new clothing. This year, as always, they are willing and ready to help as many children as there are in need in Franklin County.

The students in need receive shirts, pants, socks, undergarments, a coat, and a hat. They also receive a voucher for new shoes.

Tracy's advice to anyone thinking about checking out the Newsies is to get over the stigma.  

"Don't be ashamed," Shephard says. "Everybody's here to help out, make you feel comfortable, at home. There's no races, no prejudice, no nothing. It's just a warm feeling."

The charity Newsies will be taking applications the rest of this week at their headquarters at 4300 Indianola Avenue. Or you can find one any time on their website, www.charitynewsies.com.

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