KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Stacks of slacks, racks of shirts and boxes of sweaters fill the Knox County Schools Clothing Center Community PTA, but it won’t be that way for very long.
“Last year alone we gave over 46,000 clothing articles, pieces, away out of this center,” said Clothing Center Board Member Roy Miller.
Those 46,000 items helped nearly 5,000 Knox County students and it’s been that way for decades. The clothing center opened in the 1930s with a mission still met today.
“Putting clothes on kids allows them to come to school, feel comfortable and feel as if they match their peers with clothes that are comparable,” Miller said.
Although 75 percent of what comes into the clothing center is lightly used, there are a few items that must be brand new, which includes things like undergarments, socks and undershirts.
“There is not one school in Knox County that has not been served,” said Miller.
Families in need get clothing cards from school counselors. Parents and students then come to the Knox County Clothing Center where they’re given items like jeans, shirts and dresses.
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“We just want to make sure that child has enough clothes to wear for at least a week,” said Miller.
The clothing collected comes in sizes for all ages, which includes Pre-K up to 12th grade.
Thanks to the Knox County Clothing Center, and your generous donations, kids in Knox County continue to go to school with nice clothes on their backs.
If you’d like to help out, just stop by WATE 6 On Your Side’s Greystone Manson, 1306 N. Broadway, our Christmas in July donation drive happening Thursday, July 16, from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
On top of bringing new or gently used clothing to the station for the Clothing Center, you can also drop off pens, pencils, notebooks and other new or gently used school supplies to donate to local teachers at the Teacher Supply Depot.
If you miss the donation drive, you can give new or gently used clothing to the Clothing Center by dropping it off at 1000 N. Central, Box 7. For more information you can all (865) 594-3791.