by: Kevin McCarty Updated:
LACEY, Wash. - Thousands of kids and their parents stood in long lines and even camped overnight for a chance to get free clothes and supplies for the new school year.
The Little Red Schoolhouse Project estimated 3,500 people showed up at Komachin Middle School in Lacey for the one-day giveaway Thursday, the most the organization has seen in its 15 years.
“We have some many people who are out of jobs. We have people that just need a little hand,” said board member Debbie Haddock. Haddock said the average cost of outfitting a child for school is $75.
Sarah Ostman came with 11 grandchildren to help them pick out supplies. “Both parents are busy trying to find jobs and going to school to make ends meet,” said Ostman.
Sixth-grader Amore Mitchell said she was excited to get supplies for art class, her favorite. She was also grateful to the corporations and individuals who donated cash and products for the giveaway.
“Yeah a lot of people donated and that’s really good that people care,” said Mitchell.