The Mayorga-Real family’s quintuplets and their mother hugged the ladies who helped them shop for free school uniforms. The family has an older brother at home and appreciated the help of Assistance League® of Houston to get the kids ready for school. “They even blessed us after they received the clothes,” said Assistance League’s Stella Evensen.
Assistance League’s volunteers shopped with the quintuplets who were among a total of 582 children at the Uniform Superstore during three days in early August. As in the past 13 years, Assistance League of Houston’s Operation School Bell teamed up with the Emergency Aid Coalition to clothe children from all over the Houston Area. EAC refers the families to Assistance League after interviewing parents and determining their needs.
In addition, Assistance League already this summer clothed 1,295 children from elementary schools in Houston, Spring Branch and Alief Independent School Districts. Students are referred by school counselors, and volunteers meet them at shopping days at WalMart, Target or Uniform Superstore. Each child is given a budget of $75 to select pants, shirts, windbreakers or sweaters, underwear, and socks.
“We feel very good about helping parents stretch their clothing budgets and making sure the kids don’t have to worry about fitting in with their peers,” Evensen said. “It’s been shown that students who have appropriate school clothes attend regularly and have better self esteem.
“After we finish helping the kids each school year, we start again in the spring, working with counselors to identify students for the next school year. We then plan shopping events in the vicinity of schools.”