Getting new school uniforms for kids in need

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Local students in need will have the chance to start the upcoming school year in new uniforms. This is thanks to two local organizations coming together to make this happen.

Everyday Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center in Waveland helps countless children who are victims of abuse. Hope Haven Executive Director Jay Trampani said, “Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center is a place where we do forensic interviews of children when they are suspected of abuse, both physical and sexual or both, or if the child is a witness to a violent crime.”

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On Thursday, Hope Haven received a helping hand from Coast Electric to the tune of $3,000. Coast Electric members raised this money by rounding up their bills. Coast Electric Director of Communications April Lollar said, “This is one of 14 community grants that we are awarding this month through our ‘Operation Round Up’ collection efforts that are donated through our members.”

To help students succeed, Hope Haven plans to use the grant to help families purchase school uniforms for the upcoming school year. “Uniforms are a big expense item for families. We are lucky enough now to have some funds to fill some of these needs of families who don’t have the money available to buy uniforms.”

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and outside of Hope Haven they have 166 blue pinwheels to represent all of the kids in foster care in Hancock County. “Child abuse is big in Hancock County. There have been as many as 350 children in foster care.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance from Hope Haven you can call them at 228-466-6395.