United Way Receives 960 School Uniforms From Belk


L to R: Gregg Schroeder, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire; Mark Sonenshein, Regional Store Manager & Vice President of Belk Savannah Region; Darla Hammond, Regional Administrative Assistant of Belk Savannah Region; Cynthia Brady, Executive Director of Tom Austin House; Molly Lieberman, Creative Outreach Director of West Broad Street YMCA; Trudy Jones, Director of United Way 2-1-1
L to R: Gregg Schroeder, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire; Mark Sonenshein, Regional Store Manager & Vice President of Belk Savannah Region; Darla Hammond, Regional Administrative Assistant of Belk Savannah Region; Cynthia Brady, Executive Director of Tom Austin House; Molly Lieberman, Creative Outreach Director of West Broad Street YMCA; Trudy Jones, Director of United Way 2-1-1

For the second year in a row, Belk Savannah Region partnered with United Way of the Coastal Empire to give away 960 school uniforms to financially disadvantaged children in our local school district. This generous donation ensures that local students in need have the uniforms that they need for school.

“For many low-income families, the cost of uniforms can place a strain on their limited budgets,” said Trudy Jones, United Way 2-1-1 Director. “Belk’s donation of uniforms not only helps the families stretch their dollars, but it also helps ensure our children don’t have to miss school simply because their parents can’t afford uniforms.”

United Way will distribute uniforms to families in need through the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System’s guidance coun- selors. Teachers say that school uniforms are a game changer, because lack of uniforms can impact attendance, discipline and achievement. When a student shows up feeling good about how they look on the outside, it can play a major role in how they perform inside the classroom.

United Way of the Coastal Empire is grateful for Belk’s generosity. Last year, local Belk and its associates gave nearly $13,000 to United Way’s annual fundraising campaign.


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