Back to School sale benefits Middlesboro charity

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - A Back to School clothing sale in Bell County helps both parents and a local charity.

The Cooperative Christian Ministry in Middlesboro started running out of funds a few months ago. They are holding the Back to School clothing sale this week to raise money and provide clothes to families on a tight budget.

"We decided we would try to help the community and get funds back to CCM with the Back to School sale," said Ashley Witt, Food Pantry Coordinator at Cooperative Christian Ministry.

Just a few months ago, the Cooperative Christian Ministry ran out of the funds used to help people with utility bills and the food pantry was nearly empty. Now they are holding the clothing sale to raise money for both.

"Every fundraiser that we do, it goes go back up front to help with utilities and stuff," said Witt.

People in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia donated all of the clothing and shoes for sale.

They are selling them at low cost. Adult clothes are one dollar and children's clothes are 50 cents.

"What we wanted to do was bring a cheaper price to parents who are struggling or anyone in the community and give them a good quality item at a cheaper price," said Becky Wilder.

They say this fundraiser helps not only the charity, but also parents and children in the community getting ready for school.

Organizers say seeing those get the help they need is why they are doing this.

The sale is open on Tuesday from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Middlesboro Community Center.

After Tuesday, the clothes are available at the Cooperative Christian Ministry building on Cumberland Avenue.

All items not sold will be go back to the charity to be handed out when a family seeking help at the charity needs clothes.

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