The Quincy Neighborhood Federation is asking for clothing donations for their upcoming back to school picnic. Shoes, coats, shirts in all sizes are needed for children.
Rhonda Murry with Quincy Area Projects says the need for help is on the rise. In 2016, they served 500 kids and last year that number grew to 850.
She added many parents cannot afford to buy clothes, especially if they have more than one child, but Murry says people paying it forward has allowed them to continue through out the years.
"The parents coming back to give something back themselves because they were helped through out the years, or saying that they didn’t know or saying they didn’t know what they would do without the youth centers," Murry said.
Activities and event coordinator Kristin Austin tells WGEM new clothes can help a child start the school year of with clothes can help a child start the school year with confidence.
"I would want new shoes and stuff for school and I know some kids wasn’t able to get and I know it probably makes them feel good when they get shoes clothes and they have new stuff to go to school," Austin said.
Clothing donations can be dropped off at the Quincy Neighborhood Federation’s Parsons Community Center, located at 812 Payson Avenue, Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. til 3 p.m.
The back to school picnic will be held Tuesday, August 7 on Payson Street from 5 p.m til 7 p.m. Kids can receive free school physicals, school immunizations, clothing and haircuts.
Beauticians are still needed to give hair cuts, to volunteer and for more information on the picnic call (217) 430-2164.