The KCS Clothing Center provides school-appropriate clothing to students in Knox County schools.
Knoxville, Tenn. – Just days into the school year, Knox County Schools said 108 students have so far stopped by their clothing center to pick up some of the essentials.
The KCS Clothing Center is intended to provide school-appropriate clothing to students who may not be able to afford them and who have been declared eligible by their school. People can donate used clothes of all sizes or donate money to help the center continue to provide clothes.
They said they currently serve around 2,000 students and typically donate over 60,000 pieces of clothing during the year. However, they also distribute other types of essential items to help families ensure students are comfortable throughout the school year.
Closet coordinators said Thursday they needed more donations to support the number of students seeking help.
“They can drop off donations of backpacks or toiletries,” said Rebecca Blevins, KCS donations coordinator. “It doesn’t have to be new, just drop it off at our location. We have donation barrels outside our office.”
Getting help from the center takes a few steps. First, families should contact the school their student attends to obtain a dress card. The card must be completed by a school administrator.
Then they should call the clothing center on a Thursday to schedule an appointment. Then families just need to arrive at the scheduled time with the dress card and ID.
Children may be seen twice during the school year, or once per semester. They have to get a new school dress card each time, and customers are only served on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. It is located at 1000 North Central Street, Suite 7.