LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Continuing this weekend, WAVE 3 News is partnering with the Jefferson County Public Schools' PTA to provide new and gently used clothing to less fortunate children who attend the district's schools. We're calling the event "Wear It Forward."
For 40 years, the 15th District PTA's Clothing Assistance Program (CAP) has provided clothing to underprivileged JCPS students since many of our community's families face each new school year without resources to provide school clothes for their children. In the two weeks before school started, the CAP helped 2,500 families get kids ready for class. Now, they have an urgent need for help to restock the shelves in order to continue serving the community throughout the year.
Each school's Family Resource/Youth Service Center coordinator, counselor or principal refers students in need of clothes. As a general rule, students who are referred receive gently used school clothes, a new school uniform (if required), underwear and socks.
Here is a list of some of the most-needed items the CAP is requesting:
Boys and girls pants (uniform and non-uniform), sizes 4T to 16.
Girls dresses or skirts, sizes 4T to 16.
Girls tops/blouses (uniform and non-uniform), sizes 4T to 16.
Boys shirts, sizes 4T to 16.
Closed-toe shoes students can wear to school.
The Clothing Assistance Program also accepts donations of gently used clothing from infants to plus size.
Melissa Cordova is a volunteer and donated clothes to CAP.
"It's the smile on their face," Cordova said. "The kids getting to go through and pick their clothes and just watching their reactions."
Jim Murphy brought his sister. She didn't want to go on camera, but told us she's battling cancer, and this gives relief and a boost they all need.
"You know she's got a boy and a girl grandkids and she usually buys clothes for them but this year with the cancer it's really rough," Murphy said.