LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Back to School means an added expense for many families and it’s sometimes more than they can afford.
For kids who don't have adequate back to school clothing, there's help in the form of a clothing drive that happens every year in Lexington.
The Lexington Rescue Mission Klothes 4 Kids clothing drive kicked off this week.
From now until August 1, bring in new clothes to the Mission Outreach Center at 444 Glen Arvin Avenue.
Those will go to Fayette County Schools to be distributed to kids who really need them.
"We need things like underwear and socks, jeans and uniforms, pieces to build uniforms,” said Risa Richardson, with the Lexington Rescue Mission. “The biggest need is for pants and slacks with adjustable or elastic waistbands."
The center says a good indication of how much clothing will be needed is how many people come in to eat in the cafeteria at the end of the month.
This year, Richardson says the need is up as much as 40-percent.
"It's really exciting that we have a program that helps students who might not have what they need to learn and do a good job in school,” she said. “This program helps them."
If you can't swing by the Mission on Glen Arvin, there will be two drop off days for new clothing.
One will be held on July 19 from 10-2 p.m. at the Hamburg Walmart on 2350 Grey Lag Way.
Another is happening on August 1 at the North Limestone Night Market, 720 Bryan Ave., from 7-9 p.m.