TPS Community Cupboard receives big donation after back to school rush empties shelves

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Many families don't take that back to school shopping trip because they simply can't afford it.

That's where the Topeka Public Schools' Community Cupboard steps in providing donations for families who need them.

The district received a big boost in donations Monday in the form of 150 pairs of shoes from this weekend's Moms Demand Action rally at the Capitol.

The Community Cupboard shelves at the Quinton Heights Education Center are looking a little bare and the hangers empty - that's both a good and bad thing.

"We go through lots of stuff here so things go in and out very quickly," said Leslie Carr, TPS's Coordinator of Social Work.

In a way, the bare shelves are good because it shows that dozens of kids and their families took advantage of the cupboard as they were geared up to go back to school.

"I would say overwhelmingly parents come in and just are so thankful. They look at this room and say, 'Wow we can really shop,'" Carr said.

The empty shelves also mean there's plenty of room for you to help with donations of your own.

The shoe donation is a big step in the right direction, but the Community Cupboard is still looking for non-perishables, canned food, toiletries, and clothing donations.

Those simple things go a long way for kids in need.

"I've met many kids who say, 'Man it sure would be nice to have a new pair of socks so that I don't have to wear the same socks every day,'" Carr said.

The cupboard available to anyone - but for kids in the district the most common way to get help is by reaching out through their school's social worker.

Carr says another good way you can help restock is by participating in the 3rd annual Community Cupboard Canned Food Drive starting September 16th - it'll last until November 4th.