CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WAVE) - The Salvation Army helped out families of southern Indiana during their 28th annual back to school clothing giveaway.
For nearly three decades, The Salvation Army has held the event to help parents make ends meet as the school year approaches. On Tuesday, families were able to receive eight articles of clothing, one pair of shoes and one coat at no cost at the Clarksville Thrift Store on Little League Boulevard.
"When you've got something new, you just feel better about yourself," Roxanne Haley, with Salvation Army of Southern Indiana, said.
For Haley, giveaway day is all about the kids. She's been part of this event every year since it started 29 years ago.
Of course, it's something she hopes helps parents, but it's the smiles on the kids' faces that makes the year-round efforts worth it for her.
This event has been around long enough now that some of those who came as children are now bringing their own children.
"When I was a child, my dad brought me here when I went to school," Ashley Cannon, a mother of five boys, said. "I asked him and he said to call and I did, so now I get to bring my kids here."
Ashley and her husband George are thankful for the opportunity the Salvation Army gave them.
The Salvation Army said none of this would have been made possible without help from the community throughout the year.