Memphis Woman Raises Money to Buy Students Uniforms
(Memphis) A woman who works for the Memphis Health Center says she saw one of our News Channel 3 stories about how some parents are struggling to buy school uniforms for their children and was inspired to help out.
Tiffany Jones is filling-up an envelope, one donation at a time, “Just giving back to the community. I think it’s just the right thing to do.”
She says, as an Orange Mound native, she felt compelled to act when she heard some students were not showing to Hanley Elementary School because their parents couldn’t afford school uniforms.
“I just love kids and I have a teenage daughter myself and I am a single parent, so I know how hard it can be sometimes,” she said.
Principal Rosalind Davis said about a hundred students were missing from her classes and parents were reporting that the problem was money for clothes and supplies.
Now, Jones is raising some.
So far she’s raised $220 to get khakis and polo shirts that Memphis City School students are required to wear.
“It actually touched me and I thought it was something that we really, really should do,” said Dr. Barry-Lewis Harris, the chief medical officer for the Memphis Health Center.
Harris also donated $40 to the cause which will be used to purchase five uniforms.
Other staff members have bought school supplies.
They say they plan to donate it at Hanley Elementary during an open house there on Tuesday.
“I think when you give, it will come back to you in return,” said Harris.
Jones says she is going to continue to raise money up until Monday at 5 p.m.
If you want to contribute, you can stop by the Memphis Health Center.