By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
A number of Stillwater entities are teaming up to assist children in need of clothing.
The Salvation Army is working with another group and two churches to combine efforts in collecting monetary and clothing donations.
“In the past, the First Christian Church and I believe Cowboys with Compassion have always gotten together and done Christmas in July and done backpacks,” said Capt. Patrishia Knott.
However, Knott met with representatives of the two groups to change the focus.
“We wanted to collaborate and see if we couldn’t reach more and be more effective,” she said.
Knott said she had talked to school officials and found that school supplies were being given to kids. However, a need in children’s clothing, had not been met. Knott set a goal of helping 200 children in the Stillwater school system. A recent event at the Whispering Hills Apartment complex saw 23 children sign up along to go along with 24 previous signees. The program is well on its way to meeting the goal.
“Each of us are kind of raising money,” Knott said. “ We received a $2,500 grant from Wal-Mart for the underwear and socks and First Christian Church has already raised $2,100 just from their congregation.”
First United Methodist is also on board with the program. Those wishing to sign up must bring a photo ID, their DHS benefits statement and their children’s shoe and clothing sizes. Once they sign up, the money raised will be allocated to purchase clothing. Local merchants have offered discounted rates to the groups, Knott said.
“We’ll continue to take applications here at the Salvation Army throughout the summer, but one of the other areas we are going to target is working with First United Methodist and First Christian Church to have sign-ups at their (community) dinners.”
The next event is scheduled 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Ridge Apartments. Children in kindergarten to ninth grade are eligible.
For more information, call 405-372-1554.