Clothes for Kids

It's called "Clothes for Kids." It's a new national initiative to provide back-to-school clothes for children in need.

Officials with Bonita Lakes Mall announced Friday that the mall is partnering with the Salvation Army and Meridian Coca-Cola as part of the effort.

It works a lot like the "Angel Tree" campaign, except it's not Christmas and instead of getting a special "angel", you get a "hanger." On the hanger is the child's name, age and sizes. You can then take that information, go buy clothes for the child, and bring them back to the Salvation Army booth.

Organizers say it's just that easy and important!

"Because if they're comfortable with themselves, they're going to be more apt to study and to want to be in school. If they are not comfortable being there, they are not going to want to be there and they won't be able to learn," says Major Susan McClure with the Salvation Army.

However, the students aren't the only ones who win. Organizers say there's something for donors as well.

"If you adopt a child you're going to get a discount from some of our retailers,” says Tommy White with Bonita Lakes Mall.

Also, Coca-Cola is sponsoring a $1 raffle for a new bicycle or "Coke Car."

The campaign kicked off Friday and will last until July 31. For more information on how you can help you can call the Meridian Salvation Army office at (601) 483-6156. After all, they say sometimes a change of clothes really can change a child's whole outlook!