Out of a number of classes across the school district, Jill Cerney’s class at Surfside Middle School collected the most items for the Klothes for Kids clothing drive and, as the winning class, will receive a pizza party during lunch Friday.
Panama City Rescue Mission is thankful for each participating class’s efforts to help collect clothes for its Klothes for Kids distribution, to be held Aug. 1.
About 900 students at Bay District Schools are classified as homeless. Last year, Klothes for Kids outfitted more than 1,000 students for the approaching school year.
“We believe that no parent or guardian should ever have to choose between buying school uniforms and paying for food, rent, or utilities,” said Amanda Bawn, director of development. “All children deserve to be able to put their best foot forward at back-to-school. Klothes for Kids builds confidence and helps kids get ready to learn!”
The distribution date is set for Aug.1 at Central Panhandle Fairgrounds, located at the corner of Sherman Avenue and U.S. 98. Parents may register to “shop” for their children by visiting the rescue mission’s Support Center, 515 E. 6th St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed at 12 p.m. noon to 1 p.m.) or calling 769-0783. Registration opens June 8.
“We are so grateful that the community helps in such a generous way. We pray that we can help more families in need,” Bawn added.
For more information about Klothes for Kids, and how you can help, go to klothesforkids.pcrmission.org or call 850-769-0783.