Back to school drive hosted

Angela Cooper, left, Shauna Nordgren and Sara Shaddix help gather and distribute donations during the Calvary Sevier Valley Chapel’s annual back to school clothing shop Saturday in Richfield.

The first day of school can be an exciting time for young people, but for many it can bring the anxiety that comes with knowing that they can’t afford a new wardrobe. 

For the past four years, Calvary Sevier Valley has hosted a back to school drive to help make sure local students all have something new to wear. 

Hundreds of pieces of gently used and even some new items including shoes, shirts, pants and even school supplies like backpacks are donated to the drive. 

Then people are welcomed in to take what they need so they have clothing for the upcoming school year.

“This is for any kid going to school from kindergarten through 12th grade,” said Sara Shaddix, one of the volunteers at the drive. “Obviously we have so much … really anyone can shop.”

The drive is hosted during the first week of August every year. 

“We have more clothes and more donations than we have in any year in the past,” Shaddix said. She said the generosity of the community has helped make the drive a success, as well as provided much needed clothing for students who need it.

“This is my favorite thing to do each year,” said Shauna Nordgren, another volunteer at the drive.

Volunteers sorted clothing, shoes and other items into categories so that people shopping could find what they needed with ease. The drive was hosted in the Calvary Chapel, 130 North Main Street in Richfield. 

More information is available online at calvarysevier.com.

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