Panama City - School doesn't start for another several weeks, but a Panama City Rescue Mission program that helps students in need get ready for the new year is already busy getting families signed up. New this year, "Klothes for Kids" is doing on-site registration at places like Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club. That makes it even easier for families to get the help they need.
After 3 years of needing assistance, one local family is now able help. Springfield grandmother Angela Saige has had custody of her three granddaughters for three years. Though they are rich in love, the family went through some tough financial times. "Shortly after I got them I lost my job that was about the time that BP had their oil spill and finding a job was really hard at the time," said Saige. For three years Angela's family relied on "Klothes for Kids" for school uniforms. "It provided them with something I couldn't. I don't know what they would have worn, I didn't have any clothes for them," said Saige.
"Klothes for Kids" assisted 1800 children in Bay County last year. For the first time the program is registering families on-site, at places like Boys and Girls Club and Girls Inc., making it more convenient for families in need. "The majority of our parents are working parents. Their budgets are stretched thin and they are thankful for the help," said Girls Inc. Executive Director Tammy Dunaway.
Angela now works for Cox Pools, a job she couldn't be more thankful for. After years of receiving assistance, this year her family is giving it. "We were going through clothes at the house last night and the girls said "Nana we need to give this to some other little girls that need it. It's a great feeling inside to know that you can be there to help someone else when other people have been there to help you," said Saige.
Several locations will have on-site registration over the next several weeks. This week Patterson Elementary will have registration open to the public on Tuesday from noon to 4pm. You can also register in person at the rescue mission's day center every Thursday from 12:30 to 3. Be sure to bring your social security card and your child's as well, also your child's size and school information. For more information visit the Panama City Rescue Mission's website, by clicking on Newslinks on the WJHG.com homepage.