Hundreds wait for clothing vouchers in Jefferson County

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Hundreds; possibly thousands of people stretched around the Jefferson County Job and Family Services building early Thursday. Each person in line waited for a $200 clothing voucher that will help them purchase new clothes for their kids for the school year.

“$200 dollars doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money but you know the community needs the help, I mean, obviously. Look at the line. It’s clear around on Adam’s Street. I’ve been here since 6:00. A lot of people have been here over night,” said Elizabeth McQuistion.

Families with incomes equal to or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines were able to receive a voucher. This is especially important for kids who want to feel good about themselves on the first day of school. Kids will enter the school year ready to learn as a result.

“The voucher will help me get clothes this year because last year I didn’t have a lot of clothes for school and this time I get to get new clothes for school instead of just wearing the same ones,” said Shayann Oxley. 

“Now, we are getting new clothes, so I feel better,” said Kaylup Payne.

Last year, job and family services distributed about $420,000 in vouchers to about 1,900 families.

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