CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - “We’ve got shirts, shorts and backpacks,” pointed Natasha Grant Dean as she goes over inventory. While it looks like there’s a lot of stuff on the shelves, sadly she says, it won’t be enough.
Dean is inside the storage closet at A Child’s Place. The non-profit works to make sure homeless students have what they need to start the school year. For many students, the agency’s closet may hold the key to a sense of normalcy.
“Our children are facing a housing crisis and some nights they don’t know where they will sleep,” explained Dean.
That’s why she and the rest of the team are determined to make sure homeless children have the necessary supplies.
“We don’t want them to be singled out in any manner we just want to make sure they don’t feel it once they come into the school they are focused on their education. They don’t have to worry about not being in the school uniforms or have the right supplies,” she said.
The agency will have a presence in 18 CMS schools this year and support even more. Last year, the agency supported 2,000 students across Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. A Child’s Place can’t do it alone. The agency works with other resources especially when it comes to mental health.
“I have seen children come in and they are sad and upset and as soon as you give them the new pants or shirt they look and feel clean. The rest of their day is amazing,” said Dean.
Dean and the rest of the team are determined to keep the closet full so that no child feels singled out. They need uniforms up to size 3X and need short and long sleeve pieces for when the weather cools down.
A Child’s Place has a wish list on Amazon so it’s easy for you to support those children in need without even going to the store. On average, a school uniform costs about $25.
If you would like to help, click here.