BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - WAFB begins its 21st year in a row supporting St. Vincent de Paul's Uniforms for Kids drive this week.
The CEO and president of St. Vincent de Paul, Michael Acaldo, explains why this drive is so important, not only for parents, but for a child's self esteem.
"We're working with the schools, the school counselors, to provide those uniforms and make sure that going to school is something a child looks forward to. They don't dread, they're not humiliated when they show up to school in the wrong thing. And that's what's so great in working with the East Baton Rouge School Board, as well as the surrounding parishes, school counselors, school boards. It's just wonderful to see them get behind this effort," Acaldo said.
But there are still quite a few empty shelves at the Thrift Store on Plank Road, where the Uniforms for Kids efforts are based out of.
"Typically, when we start the campaign, you know, we do have inventory," Acaldo explains, but points to an empty shelf. "But you can see spots that are empty right now and that's what the campaign's all about. Twenty-thousand uniforms at $12 apiece. You can do the math. That's over $200 ,000 that we need to raise."
A small donation of just $24 will buy a child two complete uniforms. But St. Vincent de Paul also accepts slightly used uniforms as well.
"The majority of the uniforms that we give out are new, but gently used uniforms, we take them all. And we try to utilize every piece of clothing that's donated to us," Acaldo said.
And it's not just when school starts in August that uniforms are needed. "That's the critical part. We're all year long in that, ya' know, we give uniforms to get kids into school throughout the semester," Acaldo explained.
And at WAFB, we always like to supplement the start of the Uniforms for Kids campaign with our $300 Hand It On gift.
And Acaldo generously accepted our offering. "Well you know, Johnny this is fantastic. And again, this is gonna' move us to our goal of helping 10,000 children with 20,000 uniforms. Thank you and WAFB for all your help."
Applications for uniforms are still being accepted, but not for much longer. More information on St. Vincent de Paul's Uniforms for Kids drive can be found at WAFB.com/uniforms.
And to submit a nomination for Hand It On, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your contact information.