Volunteers with Old Navy’s Be What’s Possible community volunteer program helped students and parents search for the correct-sized school uniforms during Volunteer Ascension’s annual School Uniform Drive’s distribution days in Gonzales and Donaldsonville.
Tiffany Johnson said the company encourages its employees to take part in community programs such as the uniform drive.
Johnson’s co-worker Tiffany Johnson Landry said it was the first time she assisted with the program.
“It’s always a pleasure to help people in need,” Landry said.
The women and more than a dozen other volunteers spent July 30 and Saturday helping parents and children find uniforms from stacks of donated new and used items.
Shirts, skirts, shorts and pants were divided by gender and sizes on tables in the Gonzales Primary School cafeteria July 30. The process was repeated Saturday at Donaldsonville High School.
Families provided paperwork to prove eligibility, said Volunteer Ascension Executive Sherry Denig.
“This are going pretty smoothly,” Denig said as the line continued to form around 11 a.m. “It’s been busy all day.”
Throughout the summer, volunteer collected used uniforms and donations to purchase new items, Denig said.
“It’s a great community effort that wouldn’t happen without our sponsors and supporters,” she said.
The agency also will be distributing school supplies to students in need through its School Tools program.
Since 1997, Volunteer Ascension has provided more than $450,000 in school supplies to children in need and nearly $600,000 in school uniforms, the agency’s website says.