RIFA offers school uniforms at discount
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Sending kids back to school can be expensive. The Regional Inter-Faith Association in Jackson is collecting school uniforms in an effort to help cut costs. Uniforms are in high demand but short supply at RIFA. “We just don’t have that many on hand and they’re pretty much going out the door as quickly as we receive them,” RIFA Executive Director Lisa Tillman said. Tillman said they collect school uniforms to sell at a discounted price. She estimates a new uniform averages about $25. “You multiply that out over a week and you’re talking about a couple hundred dollars, and not everybody can afford that,” Tillman said. The Goodwill store in south Jackson also sells uniforms and back-to-school supplies. Goodwill District Manager Michelle Palmeri said clothes and shoes are tax free. “Coming to Goodwill, you’re going to save pennies on the dollar compared to what you would spend for purchased items that you buy new,” Palmeri said. Ashley Peck said she found kids’ clothes for under $2. “Trying to find some clothes and some shoes and stuff instead of going to places and spending $20 to $30 on an outfit,” she said. Tillman encourages people to look through their closets. “We are working with people in our community who are struggling to get by, so if we can make those uniforms available to them at a reduced price, that would help us with our mission,” she said. Tillman said proceeds from RIFA‘s thrift store help people in the community. Palmeri said Goodwill helps find people jobs. You can drop off uniforms at RIFA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Goodwill is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.