SPRINGFIELD, Mo. 'Tis the season for finding great deals, but for some shoppers in town, it is not about finding what they want for themselves or even gifts for others. Their joy is giving back.
"With a charity like this, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something," said Kathryn Wilkerson, a volunteer who gives to multiple charities, including the PTA Clothing Bank in Springfield.
For Wilkerson, that something is her gift: shopping. This Thursday Wilkerson dropped off nearly 250 items purchased at steeply-discounted prices: brand new tops, pants, even shoes bought for 90 cents, 60 cents, and as low ten cents each.
Families of children who qualify for free or reduced lunches are able to shop at the clothing bank at the Study Alternative Center in West Springfield up to three times a year for extra help outfitting their children. Super shoppers like Wilkerson help fill the racks.
"We're all-volunteer, all-donation so that's how we exist, so those people are just the greatest thing for us," said Jennifer Penny, a volunteer at the PTA Clothing Bank.
"It's a shoppers high. It makes you feel good, because you know that 100 shorts for $30 is a pretty big accomplishment for my day that I know 100 kids are going to have a pair of shorts, and I didn't wreck my budget," Wilkerson said.
It is a crazy equation for most of us to wrap our minds around, but it is all driven by a heart to help as many as possible.
The clothing bank is located at the Study Alternative Center at 2343 W Olive Street in Springfield. The biggest needs right now include boys' clothing, sizes 8 through 16. There are two drop off locations, and you can find more information on their Facebook page.
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