Woman Starts Non-Profit to Provide School Uniforms

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(Memphis)  There’s no change when it comes to school uniforms once the unified schools start in August.

That means Memphis students will wear them for at least one more year.

Some parents say uniforms save them money, other say they can be expensive.

Sometimes one news story can change your whole life.

For Tiffany Jones, it inspired her to make sure children all over Memphis have what they need to get an education, “My spirit is to give. If I got it, you got it."

Tiffany says she's always been giving,  but a story she saw on News Channel 3 last year gave her giving nature a purpose, “I saw the story when I was getting ready and I felt compelled to help out.”

The story was about how a hundred students missed class at Hanley Elementary school because many parents were struggling to pay for school uniforms and supplies.

Tiffany started raising money, “When they saw me on the news, they brought me more and what we delivered seven big boxes of school uniform clothes to the school.”

"What did that mean to them?” asked Reporter Sabrina Hall.

“Those kids were so happy. So happy,” she said.

So happy that Tiffany has found her happiness by launching a non-profit solely devoted to helping parents who need help, “It’s going to be like Plato`s Closet but it’s going to be free.”

She hopes to get a building up-and-running by the Fall, but for now Tiffany says she'll supply all the uniforms, deodorant, shoes, anything student’s need, out of her home or a library.

In the future, if schools decide to opt out of the uniform policy, Tiffany says she's going to keep on giving, “Whatever we can do, we are going to keep this an ongoing thing.”

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