Back to school shopping is in full swing. But some families just don't have the money to outfit their kids for the new year.
So a food pantry in Monroe County’s West End is trying to help, but they’re in need of more donations.
Getting ready for the first day of school means new notebooks, pens and of course new clothes. While it’s an exciting time, it can also be challenging for parents to supply everything a child needs.
That’s why Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network Food and Clothing off of Route 209 in Sciota is trying to off-set some of the financial pressure.
PVEN Executive Director Hope Christman says,"We’ve already served 150 children here in our community and we know within the next few weeks, we’ll certainly have a lot more children who are going back to school who need some help with school clothing and school supplies."
During the first two distributions, volunteers got to really see just how much a new outfit really means to the kids.
PVEN Clothing Closet Volunteer Roxanne Dome says, "We had a little boy the other day, he came right up to the counter, his head barely reaching over the counter to tell me ‘I’m going to first grade!’ He was just so excited about it. He was thrilled with all of the items, all the kids were."
While the nonprofit still has new and gently used clothing left for the younger children, they’re missing sizes for middle and high school students.
Christman says, "We service students in the Pleasant Valley School District, Pocono Mountain School District both East and West, and also the Stroudsburg School District so it’s those colors which would be blues, red, maroon."
Dress-code appropriate clothing includes school colored collared shirts and sweaters, navy or khaki pants, dresses, and skirts. But they also need white or black sneakers in all sizes, backpacks and new socks and underwear.
Christman says, "On average, we’re almost double the number of families we see in a month at the clothing closet in the last six months so the need has definitely grown."
The Clothing Closet is open until noon on Monday, Tuesday and Friday or there’s a bin located outside that you can drop off a donation at any time.