MOUNT VERNON — Many Knox County families will send their children off to school later this month with new clothes and the necessary supplies with help from Knox County Department of Job & Family Services and Interchurch Social Services. Tuesday Interchurch coordinated the distribution of vouchers at the Salvation Army on East Ohio Avenue.
The vouchers provide for clothing, school supplies and taxable items, like personal care products, to eligible Knox County residents. Ohio county agencies can each determine how to use these temporary relief funds and for Knox County, helping prepare children for school not only fit the temporary need criteria but also responded to their social needs.
To be sure to receive vouchers, some families camped out in front of the Salvation Army Monday night. Interchurch Exectutive Director Joy Harris said that some people lined up at 7 p.m.
Many individuals and families arrived early Tuesday morning. They waited in a line that stretched from the rear of the building and around to the front.
Keeley, Hannah and Abbi Hines arrived at 6:45 a.m. to wait in line with their mother, Amanda. This was their first year to apply for the vouchers but they’re being practical and reusing their backpacks from last year.
Hannah was excited about the prospect of shopping. She said she wants to be a clothing designer and she looks forward to going to Gabriel Brothers in Mansfield. Abbi and Keeley agreed.
“They have some really cool stuff,” Hannah said. Sister Abbi, who wants to be a horse trainer when she grows up, added, “They have a lot of cute clothes.”
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