Donations now being accepted for Uniforms for Kids campaign

Donations now being accepted for Uniforms for Kids campaign
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The 2019 Uniforms for Kids campaign is now accepting donations through June 14.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge has been actively striving to understand and fulfill the needs of the poor within Baton Rouge and the surrounding community since 1865.

St. Vincent de Paul is here to aid the most vulnerable members of the community. Through their various programs, SVDP reaches out to those in need. Providing hot meals to those who would otherwise go hungry, warm beds to those who would have no place to sleep, medications to those who could not afford them on their own, and the mandatory uniforms that children need to attend school. By fulfilling these basic needs SVDP does more than address the needs of the moment; they believe that they are giving a hand up, and not a hand out. At every opportunity, St. Vincent de Paul moves to better the lives of those they help and move them towards self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.

A donation of $24 will buy a child in the Baton Rouge area two uniforms he or she needs to attend school.

New or gently used uniforms can also be dropped off at the following locations:

  • 5621 Government St., Baton Rouge, open until 5 p.m.
  • 220 St. Vincent de Paul Dr., Baton Rouge, open until 4:30 p.m.
  • 2655 Plank Rd., Baton Rouge, open until 5 p.m.
  • 1925 Staring Ln., Baton Rouge, open until 6 p.m.
  • 1402 N Burnside Ave., Gonzales, open until 6 p.m.
  • 2171 Tower St., Denham Springs, open until 6 p.m.

At any of the following OLOL Children’s Health locations:

  • 12525 Perkins Rd., Suite C, Baton Rouge, Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday CLOSED
  • 8415 Goodwood Blvd., Suite 100, Baton Rouge, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday CLOSED, Sunday CLOSED

Or at Locke Meredith, Sean Fagan & Associates offices:

  • 1300 Millerville Rd., Baton Rouge, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here for more about the campaign.

Where do you begin in breaking the cycle of poverty? It’s a complicated question with no easy answers, but our simple approach is to start with the individual and to help as many individuals as you can. The number of school children living in poverty within the 12 parishes we serve ranges from 43 percent to an astounding 93 percent of the population.

Most needy children are born into poverty; it's their unfortunate legacy and the only life they have ever known. Education is the key that can open the door to a new way of life for them. The single greatest impact we can make lies in ensuring that these children are given every opportunity to receive an education. That is the purpose of our Uniforms for Kids program.

Uniforms for Kids was initiated in 1998 in response to the challenge created by a mandatory uniform policy enacted by the School Board. Since the launch of this program, our organization, with the help of many community partners such as WAFB-Channel 9, has played a major role in the Uniforms for Kids effort. In addition to assisting needy children prior to the school year, we work hand in hand with local school personnel in providing uniforms for needy children throughout the school year.

Since 1998, the Uniforms for Kids program has ensured that thousands of needy kids have the uniforms they need to start the school year with confidence, sparing them the humiliation and embarrassment of attending school without the proper attire, or of being sent home and denied the opportunity to receive an education. Our uniform effort has become recognized throughout these communities as a provider of this most basic need. A set of uniforms doesn’t break the cycle of poverty, but it’s an excellent start. We are extending a compassionate hand to these needy children and helping to put them in a position to succeed in life, as well as helping to preserve their dignity and self-esteem.

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