WALKER – The Walker Police Department is picking up its collection barrels this week, but still needs help for its 13th Annual From Our Uniform to Yours School Uniform Drive.
“We continue to receive a lot of inquiries from families who need uniforms for their children and we believe that the demand for uniforms this year will be at an all-time high,” said Capt. John Sharp, public information officer with the Walker Police Department.
“Due to last year’s flood, many families who have not needed assistance in the past find themselves in need this year,” Sharp said.
“Unfortunately, donations of used uniforms, cash and gift cards are down in comparison to previous years,” he said, “And there is a concern that we may not have an adequate supply of uniforms to meet the need.
“The reduction in the number of uniforms we have received may also be due to last year’s flood.”
Uniform collection barrels will be picked up this week from Walker Baptist Church, Quick & Handy Cleaners, Carter’s Supermarket and Stine’s & Tea Time Couture (9790 Fla. Blvd., Suite A).
Uniforms dropped off in barrels need to be cleaned and sorted by size, so volunteers can see what sizes they have, Sharp said.
After the collection barrels are picked up, donations of uniforms, cash and gift cards can still be made at the Walker Police Department, 13179 Burgess Ave.
“If you have been putting off gathering up school uniforms your children no longer need, or checking the school uniforms you have, to make sure they still fit your children, we hope you will take some time over the weekend and look to see if you have anything you can donate,” Sharp said.
“If you don’t have any uniforms, but would like to help this cause, please consider a cash donation,” he added.
Donations are used to purchase uniforms in sizes not received in donations and the smallest and largest sizes.
Checks and gift cards can be mailed to P.O. Box 988, Walker, LA 70785. Cash donations can also be made through PayPal. Contact the Police Department at (225) 664-3125 to find out how.
Uniforms will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, July 21, on a first-come, first-served basis, he said.
“Please help us make sure that no child’s uniform needs are left unmet,” Sharp said.
Kevin Fambrough is a reporter at the Livingston Parish News. He can be reached at email@example.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @fambroughkevin.