Inside the Charity Newsies headquarters, there are thousands of pieces of clothing ready for students who need them this school year.
For the last 111 years, Charity Newsies has raised money through galas, sales of special edition newspapers and donations with 100% of the proceeds supporting a simple mission: to make sure all kids have adequate clothing to attend school. Just last year, the organization helped 12,000 students in Franklin County.
“Being an educator, it’s a great thing to watch them come through, get the close that I know is doing to help them be successful in their education, feel better about themselves and hopefully do better in school,” Tony Perez, chairman of the board for Charity Newsies, said. “That’s why I do it.”
Each student in need will receive new school clothes and uniforms, including three pairs of jeans or pants, three shirts, a winter coat, a hat, gloves, socks, undergarments and a $25 voucher for Payless ShoeSource. Together, it all costs just $150 per student.
So, how can students who need help take advantage of this program?
On Monday, Charity Newsies will begin accepting applications for school-age kids for the program. Students must be residents of Franklin County and a parent or guardian will need to provide a photo ID along with their social security card and a social security card for each child applying for assistance. Parents and guardians must also provide proof of income and current address.
After the application is complete, parents and guardians will receive an appointment card with a date to come to the Charity Newsies headquarters to pick up clothing for the students. To pick up an application, stop by their office at 4300 Indianola Ave.