MOUNT VERNON — The scene in Danville Wednesday was similar to the one Tuesday in Mount Vernon where a long line of Knox County residents waited to pick up vouchers for clothing, school supplies and taxable items like personal care products. In Danville, however, the vouchers didn’t last long and many families went home without the hoped-for assistance.
In Danville the vouchers were offered to families in East Knox and Danville school districts and one woman arrived at approximately 4:30 a.m. to be the first in line. The doors at St. Luke Community Center, where they were distributed, opened at 10 a.m. and by 11:50 a.m., the vouchers were all gone though there were many people still waiting in line.
“We offer them on a first-come, first-serve basis,” stated Sue Wadian, manager of the Danville Interchurch branch, “It’s all we can do and I hate to turn people away.”
Wadian said she was glad that they reserved the school supply vouchers for middle school and high school students because the elementary students were given book bags recently by Journey Church and Grace Brethren Church.
The vouchers are a real help for many Knox County families, enabling them to send their children to school wearing new clothes and carrying the necessary supplies.
Victoria Ford filled out the paperwork holding 1-year-old Kira while Timothy Bowers tended the stroller with their youngest daughter asleep in her seat. All seven children accompanied their parents and dad was pleased to point out each child: Ashley Ford, 6; Emma Ford, 4; Mykiah Bowers, 3; Brian Ford, 2; Alanis Bowers, 2; Kira Ford, 1; and Sophia Bowers, 5 months.
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