United Way, Belk Department Stores provide school uniforms to families in need

Jackson, MS— United Way of the Capital Area officially thanks Belk Department Stores Corporation for their donation of 3,000 school uniform pieces with a press conference on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., at their lower-level entrance at Northpark Mall.

On hand to accept Belk’s donation were  United Way of the Capital Area President/CEO, Belk Store Managers from both the Northpark Mall and Dogwood Festival locations, Superintendents of Jackson, Canton, and Pearl Public Schools.

“Community involvement has been a cornerstone of Belk since its founding in 1888,” said Jan Clevenger, Chair Belk Western Division. “We are incredibly grateful for our school uniform partner, United Way of the Capital Area, and the support of the Jackson community. We are proud to reciprocate in a way that will be truly meaningful to those who will benefit most, children.”

Regional managers and drivers from UPS were on hand to deliver uniforms to the recipients directly following the press conference.

United Way has chosen Jackson Public Schools, Canton Public Schools, and Pearl Public Schools to receive the uniform donation for distribution to elementary students whose families they feel may need help obtaining adequate uniforms.

“The data tells us that more than half of children in these school districts live below the poverty level and in some areas that number is closer to 90 percent,” says Carol Burger, President/CEO of United Way of the Capital Area. “Belk’s generous donation will give a lot of relief to these families who are struggling just to meet basic needs.”

“Belk believes that education is a platform for success,” said Jessica Graham, Vice President Communications and Community Relations, Belk, Inc. “It is our sincere desire that through the Belk school uniform program, we boost a child’s self-esteem, removing what could be a roadblock on their path to learning.” “Belk is honored to partner with United Way of the Capital Area who shares the belief that this is an investment in a young mind and the future.”

Glenn Sellers, regional vice president for Belk, said customers can donate gently used school uniforms or buy school uniforms to be donated and still receive a discount.