More than 1,000 area kids have outfits to wear for the start of school.
The Salvation Army was able to provide five outfits to each child, from kindergarten through high school, and gave out more than 6,000 pieces of clothing.
"We also gave a lot of shoes this year. The shoe amount tripled. I don’t think we were expecting that. We’re thankful and glad that we had the shoes to give away. We even had a few leftover, " says Office Assistant Mindy McCloy.
McCloy says the organization didn’t turn anyone away and was able to help everyone who walked through its doors, which was rewarding.
"To watch the children picking their clothes out, putting their clothes in their sacks, it was a lot of fun. (They’re) trying the shoes on. They were so excited about finding a pair of shoes they liked or finding that outfit they really liked, " says McCloy.
While the Salvation Army staff was prepared for an increased demand, the turnout was similar to last year.