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Smith’s Donates More Than $3K In Apparel For Kids In Need

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah students and families will now have new clothes before they head to the classroom thanks to a generous donation by Smith’s Food and Drug.

Eight pallets of boxes filled with brand-new clothes were donated to help more than 2,000 students in the Granite School District.

Jackets, shirts, shorts and shoes were just a few of the basic essentials kids like Xander will go to school in, grinning with confidence. To his mom, Holly, it’s a big help.

“Especially on some days where we are strapped, and we can’t really afford it right now,” Holly Sevey said. “I’m grateful they can help donate stuff like that and school supplies.”

The donation is all part of Smith’s Food & Drug Stores’ “Zero Hunger, Zero Waste” Plan.

More than 200 people lined up outside the Smiths Marketplace downtown on Wednesday to celebrate the grocery store’s remodel with free food and coupons. However, the biggest giveaway was the 20,000 items for kids and families in need.

“Over $3,000 worth of clothing will bless the lives of countless kids in the Granite School District,” said Brent Severe, CEO of the Granite Education Foundation.

Following the grand opening, schools in the Granite School District will now offer pop-up boutiques where students can choose clothing and other necessary items so they can attend school ready to learn and not worry about basic needs.

“When we talk about the Granite School District, 60% of their student body is at poverty level,” said Aubriana Martindale with Smith’s Food & Drug. “So how can we ask kids to focus on their education without basic essentials like food and clothing?”

Severe also said since their schools have been able to provide students with new clothing, thanks to donations and partnerships, the district has also seen an increase in school attendance and performance.

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