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Waterloo non-profit needs school clothing donations

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

School is already underway for some students in Waterloo.  Three more elementary schools head back to class on Monday.

But many families still find themselves struggling to afford clothing to meet the district's dress code policy, which is now required in all schools.

Kimberly and Demetrius Stamberry of Waterloo have three school-age kids, and they're growing quick!

"I mean he's 10 years old and wearing a size 32.  They grow up fast!" Demetrius Stamberry said.

That makes it tough to afford buying dress-code approved clothing for each new school year.

Enter Eye of the Needle.  This non-profit has a closet full of dress-code worthy clothes it gives away free to families in need.

"It's a great thing to have a place you can fall back on in a horrible situation to help you out despite your financials.  So it's a great program," said Stamberry.

But keeping Eye of the Needle's closet fully stocked isn't easy, as the demand for help just keeps climbing.

"We don't have enough right now.  So what we do is if you come, see what size they wear, so when we get some money or someone donations some, we can tell them what sizes we need, and then we can fit and get them to other people on the waiting list," said Patricia King with Eye of the Needle.

In just the past few weeks, Eye of the Needle has helped about 200 kids get fitted for school clothing.  Appointments to help more families are booked through mid-August.

Donations are especially needed in small sizes, for preschool and kindergarten students.  Since the district relaxed its dress code, its now easier to find items you can donate to help meet the need.

"There are thousands and thousands of colors, shades of all kind of different colors they can pick and wear.  So it's a lot easier to buy polos for them.  And the pants are basically the same, the navy, black and khaki color," King said.

Each donation helps ensure kids don't face discipline for not following the dress code, giving every student the chance to be head of the class.

To learn about donating to Eye of the Needle, call Patricia King at (319) 215-6151.  Donations can also be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 607 Sycamore Street, on the 7th floor.

The Waterloo Community School District also offers some assistance helping families get dress code approved outfits.

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