Clothe a Child, Change a Life!
Friday, August 26, 2011

School is enough of a challenge, but imagine the challenge of a shelter or the plight of a homeless child with no access to a pen and paper.

This week, the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) gathered volunteers in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Tampa/St. Petersburg for its recent back-to-school fundraising programs. And in the end, they were met with the overwhelming smiles of children and teens who now had their school needs met -- a wonderful conclusion to hours of NCF's fundraising efforts.

Houston and DFW started out the back-to-school efforts by filling new backpacks with school supplies and donating them to area children, grades K-12. NCF also added to its usual school-year traditions this year by assisting Clothes To Kids, Inc. (CTK), a local volunteer charity in the St. Petersburg area. CTK helps needy families of Pinellas County with the required school uniforms, giving those who are qualified the opportunity to "shop" for a full week of clothing free of charge in the 5,000-square-foot store.

NCF first heard of CTK shortly after its office move from Texas to Florida, where founders Cathy and Darrell Meachum then coordinated the donation to the local charity. With 23 area schools requiring uniforms, NATCA's assistance was invaluable. According to Cathy, CTK had less than a dozen youth shirts remaining when NCF volunteers arrived this week, and they still had a full week of families arriving in need of clothes. Fortunately, due the dedicated help of our NATCA family, the charity collected an additional 198 new youth polos from NCF to assist with the school uniforms!

"What a great feeling to be able to give to the underserved children so they can sit comfortably in class, dressed in new uniforms, side by side with their classmates," described Cathy. "The pride they show is contagious."

Thank you NATCA charitable donors for making a difference all across the country!


Pictured Above (L to R): Darrell, Jan, Carole, Cathy, Patti and Fran