Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

New Duds for New Year ; Salvation Army Volunteers Help Clothe Needy Kids for Back to School

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

New Duds for New Year ; Salvation Army Volunteers Help Clothe Needy Kids for Back to School

Article excerpt

The joy of having a new pair of jeans, a stylish shirt or even a new set of socks to wear when school opens became reality Tuesday for 25 underprivileged children, thanks to volunteers with the local Salvation Army. The volunteers were out in full force at the North Park Target, helping children select new clothes for the coming school year.

Each child received $80 worth of clothing or shoes that many families can't afford as they struggle to make ends meet.

"It helps us out a lot," Jeff McQueen said, as he waited for his son and daughter to finish shopping. "It lets us free up some money for other things; $80 goes a long way for kids."

Sandie Appler, director of development at the Salvation Army, went shopping with McQueen's daughter Megan and his son Jeffrey to pick out new clothes.

Appler went back-to-school shopping for years with her son who now is grown, but said she never had as much fun as she does helping these children pick out clothes. It continues to amaze her how excited the children get when they receive something new that is all their own.

Megan was just one of the children who smiled the whole time she was shopping. She attends Highland Elementary School and went to Target earlier in the week so she knew exactly what she wanted to get. After a shopping spree that netted her new jeans and several new shirts, she was most excited about her new polka-dot socks.

"I've got one for every day of the week," she said.

"She said to me, 'I'm going to be the prettiest girl in school'," Appler said. "And that's what this is all about. Giving them something for that first day of school."

Jeffrey was a little harder to shop for because he had to get clothes to match Thompkins Middle School's new dress code. Appler made sure he had plenty of collared shirts and even threw in some long-sleeve shirts which Jeffrey said would come in handy on cold days when he has to bike to school.

Appler said that the $80 might not seem like much, but it gives the children some confidence and makes them feel special about themselves. …

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