Volunteers supply community’s children with school uniforms

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Volunteer Ascension hosted its annual School Uniform Distribution last week first at Gonzales Primary on July 30 and then again at Donaldsonville High on Aug. 2.

Volunteer Ascension hosted its annual School Uniform Distribution last week first at Gonzales Primary on July 30 and then again at Donaldsonville High on Aug. 2. With the help of community volunteers and donors, both giveaways were a success, even having some left pieces leftover.

Sherry Denig, Executive Director of Volunteer Ascension, said hosting an event like this is vital to the community because there are nearly 10,000 children on free or reduced lunch in the parish.

“There are a lot of kids that need not only uniforms but school supplies,” Denig said. “Those are two areas we really concentrate on as far as being able to provide help in those areas.”

Earlier in July, Volunteer Ascension completed its collaboration with WBRZ’s Stuff the Bus campaign.

Many churches, groups and individuals participated in helping setup the distribution centers, gave clothing pieces and more to make the events a success.

Tiffany Johnson Landry, works at Old Navy in Tanger Outlet Mall, but instead of selling she wanted to be part of giving away some uniforms too.

“It’s a pleasure to see people come out and get things they need because a lot of kids aren’t able to start off the new year of school with uniforms,” Landry said.

Landry said she believe she’s had her fair share of working and selling the uniforms at Old Navy, “so I want to be able to be part of something that gives them away as well because I see so many families come in and can’t get as much as they need.”

Denig added, “I appreciate everybody’s help in donating and supporting us with this because it would not have been possible without the community’s help.”