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Community comes through with back-to-school donations for Clothing Assistance Program

Sharon Whitworth Sharon Whitworth
Dick Swope Dick Swope
Natasha Hutchings Natasha Hutchings
Some of the bags of clothes taken to Swope Auto Group dealerships for donation to the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program. Some of the bags of clothes taken to Swope Auto Group dealerships for donation to the 15th District PTA Clothing Assistance Program.

LOUISVILLE,KY (WAVE) - We asked families in Jefferson County to "Wear It Forward" by cleaning out their closets and passing along gently used clothing of all kinds, as well as, school uniforms their kids could no longer wear. We continue the same plea especially as the weather cools down. We also need to stop for a minute to say, "thank you" for your compassion and participation.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it's all worth it for the kids," said Sharon Whitworth, who works for JCPS and with the Clothing Assistance Program.

Whitworth said that while looking at loads of clothes in the lobby of a Sam Swope dealership.

Volunteers at the Clothing Assistance Program have a lot of work to do because of the effort so many in the city put forth helping Jefferson County students in need of something to wear.

Dick Swope, CEO of Swope Auto Group, allowed clothing to be collected in every Swope dealership in the city and was pleased but surprised at how much was dropped off at the dealerships.

 "It's an amazing response," said Swope while laughing. "Ah several vans worth. Ah several trucks have been filled. Until they get sorted we won't really know how many articles but it's an amazing response."

We don't know exactly how much was collected yet but we do know how much of a difference it makes in a child's life. Natasha Hutchings, a mother of four and recipient of assistance from CAP, is happy to explain the response from all four of her little ones.

"They we're happy," said Hutchings. "I can honestly say they were happy."

"It just gives us a good feeling that we're helping the community," Swope said with a smile as big as the pile of clothes on the floor of the dealership lobby. "We feel like that's a privilege more than an obligation."

"It just shows how a partnership likes this helps kids to achieve and to get in school and learn," Whitworth expressed." 

Taking a break from loading clothes in the cars Whitworth shared one more thought.

"We need lots of volunteers so anybody that is willing to come help us sort the clothes, hang the clothes."

WAVE 3 News, JCPS and the 15th District PTA would like to share with Sam Swope Auto Group and our compassionate city a big thank you from the smallest citizens and their families for all that's already been done and will hopefully continue until there is no need.

"Everything there is clean. It's nice. They just love you," Hutchings explained as she left to share time with her family.

To schedule a time to drop off gently used or new clothing, uniforms, prom dresses, coats, hats and new underwear, call 485-7062 or 485-3535. You can also use that number to volunteer or for more information.  

Families in need of assistance can always talk to their family resource counselor in every Jefferson County public school.

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