Christmas Charities seeks donations to help kids ‘Look Sharp, Feel Smart’ this fall

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When students look good, they feel good and are ready to learn. That is the premise of Christmas Charities Year Round’s ‘Look Sharp, Feel Smart’ program. This year, the program will assist over 400 children as they enter the classroom this Fall, looking smart and feeling sharp.

“A lot of our client don’t have the opportunity to save throughout the year,” explains Christmas Charities Executive Director Cassie Watson Scott. “You talk about a budget — and they operate on a month-to-month basis, and so back-to-school is very expensive.”

For the month of July, families are coming to Christmas Charities Year Round excited about the new school year knowing the agency is there to help. The program provides each student with a like-new outfit along with new undergarments needed to start the school year. They also receive gently used clothes donated by local residents. The goal is for the children to begin the school year feeling confident and included, regardless of their parent’s financial situation.

Back-to-school can be very stressful on families trying to make it day-to-day. With gas and food prices going up, it is almost impossible for our clients to save. ‘Look Sharp, Feel Smart’ helps relieve the financial burden of the new school year while allowing the students to start the school year confident and prepared,” Scott says.

CCYR has also been known to help local educators with needs for specific students. By donating, you’re not just helping a single child, but your collective community. But for CCYR to enjoy continued success with the program, they need you help.

“My appeal is, these are local kids — so these are children that your child is going to school with. And so, they’re sitting beside that kid in class and then they’re having to borrow that sheet of paper or that notebook so while you’re at the store getting your own children’s school supply items, pick up some extras,” Scott asks.

The second part of the program provides students with school supplies. Studies show that children are less likely to succeed in the classroom when they are not prepared. CCYR provides each student with a backpack full of school supplies. Parents of students receiving the items are asked to donate $3 – $5 or to volunteer with CCYR to help offset the cost of backpacks and school supplies for their children.

To donate goods, CCYR is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and on certain Saturdays to accept used/ new clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, household items, beds, major appliances, lawn equipment, school supplies, and new or gently used toys.  Items must be in good condition and working order.

CCRY also accepts rags, worn out clothing, and paper and metal, which they recycle.

You can call at 256-837-2373 for pick-up of large items ($5 donation for gas requested).

Since CCYR has no repair capabilities, please do not donate items requiring repair or parts.

Suitable donated items are provided at no charge to less fortunate local children and families.  A mother’s relief from providing her children with beds to sleep in, a grandfather’s smile from receiving a food box for the holidays, or a child’s excitement unwrapping a gift on Christmas morning.  These moments might never happen without your support and generosity.