By Mona Chandler, director of Curry County CASA, Brookings
To Curry County residents,
It is that time of year again ... back to school!
There might be a little groaning about the return of homework and math tests, most kids can’t help getting excited about the return to school. New teachers, new classes, and for lots of kids, new clothes; however, for some kids, the return to school is cause for worry and embarrassment.
There are children in Curry County’s foster care system that won’t have any new clothes for school and who barely have clothes at all. There are children with a single set of clothing, to be worn to school every day. There are kids wearing shoes that are sizes too small, and jeans that have been long outgrown. Some children don’t have clothes to protect them from the wind or rain that are so much a part of winter in Curry County. Budgets are tight for everyone, businesses and families, but despite tough economic times we don’t want to ignore kids going without.
There are organizations that take clothes and shoes to third-world countries, a very worthy cause, but what about our kids here in Curry County?
School can be difficult for any child and they need all the help they can get. As a community we have an opportunity to help a group of kids in Curry County feel comfortable, confident, and happy when they go back to their classrooms in September. We are asking for all new clothes for these kids and school supplies. This is a problem that we want to help solve and we are asking for your help!
The “Attire to Inspire” program is a donation program similar to Christmas-time Giving Trees. It will begin August 23 and continue through Sept. 6 at Rogue Credit Union branches in Brookings, Harbor, Gold Beach and Port Orford. Specific ages and sizes will be available at each branch, and each branch will serve as a drop-off site.
If you would like to donate without purchasing clothing please call me at 541-698-8086.
I appreciate any and all donations to this cause!