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'Hands of Christ' distributes free school clothes

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- School is right around the corner for many Lowcountry students and for some families who can't afford new clothes or school supplies, one Christian organization wants to help.

Inside the gym at Summerville Presbyterian Church, there was a lot of back-to-school "shopping" going on and the best part: it didn't cost these parents a dime.

Churches belonging to the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery came together to make sure children in pre-k through the fifth grade are prepared to head back to the classroom.

Parents and their children were allowed to pick out two pairs of pants, two pairs of socks and then they were given a bag of school supplies.

One parent we spoke to says she's grateful for what they've done.

"It helps out a whole lot," said Michelle West. "With me not working right now, it's helping a whole lot and it's beneficial to the children and they love it."

This is the second year Summerville has served as a distribution site for the program, also known as "The Hands for Christ Distribution."

"Kids come into this, you know they're not eager to be here, shop and stand out in the heat," said organizer Jim Frye. "They have a frown, but by the time they get their school supplies, they're smiling from ear to ear."

If you missed Monday's event, there will be another one tomorrow (Tuesday AUg 14)
All parents are required to do is bring a photo ID.

Tuesday's distribution will take place at New Wappetaw Presbyterian Church in McLellanville at 5 p.m. and Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m.

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