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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Say you're a student at Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School, and for whatever reason, your parents or guardians haven't done too well with providing food, clothing and shelter. Maybe they love you and did their best, or maybe you're just a monthly check to them, and when you turned 18 and it stopped coming, they told you it was time to fend for yourself.
You want to finish high school, but you have to find a place to live and some way to feed yourself - and then there are your clothes. You have a few things, sure, but they're old and worn and when your classmates see you wearing the same outfit every day, they'll know you're poor and homeless.
So despite your ambitions, you're too embarrassed to go to school and you quit, sometimes just months shy of graduation. It might sound like a dumb decision to an adult , but you're a kid. You care about what your friends think, and anyway, what's the point of graduating when you haven't got anything decent to wear to job interviews?
According to the folks who volunteer for the school's Student Outreach Program, more than 200 young people find themselves in this situation every year. Most have aged out of programs that help younger children in need, and they can't get jobs that pay enough to support themselves without a diploma.
The group aims to keep these kids in school by providing clothes, food and school supplies - all donated by members of the community. If you hit the sales, you can give a teenager three shirts, two pairs of jeans, socks, underwear and a hoodie for less than $80 - enough clothing to keep him or her in school. The program will pay all or part of the cost, if necessary. All you have to do is shop and deliver. Monetary donations are welcome, too.
Want to help? Call the school's main number
(853-2255) and leave a message. It might be one of the best investments you'll ever make.
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