UPDATED: Clothing drive will help with financial stress of back-to-school shopping

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SUMMERSIDE – Getting ready for back-to-school can be a financial struggle for some families.

From left, Bill Thompson with the Y Service Club, Anne Flynn, president of the Y Service Club and board member of the YMCA, Gerda Waugh, one of the founding members of the Summerside Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Ken Meister, branch president of the church, hold up children’s items for the clothing drive that will end on August 20.

 

That’s why the YMCA and the Y Service Club have partnered with the Summerside Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hold a children’s clothing drive.

They are asking the public to donate new or gently-used items, saying it’s important for children to feel confident when starting a new school year. They also want to help relieve families of the financial stress associated with back-to-school shopping.

Anne Flynn, president of the Y Service Club and board member of the YMCA, said this is the first year for the clothing drive, which is being held in addition to the organizations’ children’s backpack program, which provides school supplies to youngsters in need.

“Now that we don’t have a Frenchy’s (used clothing store) in the area, we’re trying to fill that need,” said Flynn.

Saturday was the first day for people to drop off donations at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Summerside. Donations will be accepted Aug. 20.

Flynn said the first day went well, but they’re hoping more people will show their support as the word starts to get out about what they’re doing.

Distribution day will be Aug. 22, and there will be helpers assisting families to find what they’re looking for, she added.

“There will be a set number of outfits per child depending on our supplies,” said Flynn. “The more we get, the more we can give out on distribution day per family.”

She said next year they would like to start the process earlier so the public will have more time to prepare.

Ken Meister, branch president of the church, said they wanted to get involved to aid the cause.

“It’s important because everyone needs to pull together in a community and help others who are less fortunate.”

They are thankful for the public’s support and encourage anyone who is able to contribute.

“There’s a surplus of children’s clothing that can be put to good use,” said Meister.

Donations can be made at the church every Wednesday from 4 until 6 p.m., Thursdays from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m., until Aug. 20  

 

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  • Sandra
    July 28, 2014 - 07:33

    I find this project and this article somewhat offensive. As a single parent who has had financial difficulties, I can say honestly that Frenchy's was NOT a place to shop for back-to-school clothing. It could be quite costly. So losing them is not a big issue. And Summerside does still has the Salvation Army whose clothing is much more affordable. Also, Community and Social Services provides back-to-school items to those who have registered for them. It's a great idea for the LDS to want to help the community, but their efforts would be better spent in communicating with others already doing so, and then filling in the gaps. This smacks of us against them, and that's not community.

    • Ken Meister
      July 29, 2014 - 16:01

      Sandra. Thanks for the comment and I'm sorry this service project has offended you. Rest assured, this project is in conjunction with local organizations such as The Y Service Group and the YMCA. These groups, in support of local Social Services, have in the past put together back to school backpacks to help families at this time of year. This is the very same program you mentioned. This year, these community organizations are still fully in cooperation with each other to provide this additional service. It is great that we can work together as a community. I hope this clarifies our intention to work alongside, not against the community