Back to school shopping budgets usually get busted by the first or second store, but for some people budgets are running tight, which can be stressful, especially with teens in the family. That's where a Lincoln nonprofit group is stepping in by providing free clothes and accessories to those in need.
“It feels good. I like how they help out other kids that they don't have clothes." Understanding the difference between the haves and the have-nots is a blurry line. When budgets run tight, friends, family, even neighbors extend a hand for help. “Especially when you are running a little low on money or something and can't get anything and you have the option to get something free."
LaShaun White and daughter Ciara made the most of shopping Saturday. "Yes, I found a good purse.” A line had already formed well before the doors opened at the Center for People in Need's eighth year of Teen for a Day. Over 1,000 families were expected through the doors at 27th and Superior on Saturday.
It was all part of a program that targets girls in sixth to 12th grade, providing them with new and used clothes, new shoes, makeup and purses. “Girls are very excited to be able to have new clothes and shop," said Center for People in Need executive director Beatty Brasch. "They find and get a purse, they are going to feel confident on the first day of school, which is so important."
“It feels great, it gives them a self-esteem boost that they can be ready and comfortable to get back to school,” said mom Brenda Straka.
Organizers said it was all made possible mostly through donations from generous support in the community, but on the other hand it is bittersweet because of the high demand, which means there is a lot more work to do.
“Frankly, it's really too bad,” said Brasch. "No one should be in poverty and have to do that, everybody should have enough income so that they can buy clothes for their kids and do not have to depend on agencies."
Until then, these young ladies can truly feel like a teen for this day and beyond.