The excitement you felt showing off your new clothes, cool sneakers, and backpack? Well, that’s not what it’s like for Shaquille and the 25,000 kids just like him that we serve each year. You see, they face embarrassment and ridicule just because their families cannot afford new clothes. Instead, they must put food on the table and pay this month’s rent. Shaq, show up at school wearing the one shirt he owns, worn-out shoes, and you can forget about a backpack.
For almost five decades, Back to School Clothing Drive has helped break down barriers to early childhood school success by providing new school uniforms and outfits, backpacks and school supplies to K-6 grade students who desperately need them. These children whose family are living at or below the federal poverty level (approximately $30,000 annual income for a family of four) attend Title 1 public elementary schools throughout the Valley. Our products are school uniforms, but what we deliver is self esteem, self confidence, and a successful start to school for Shaq and thousands more just like him.