School opens thrift store to help students in need

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Horizon Middle School created a thrift store on campus to provide clothing and other necessities for students in need.

The Horizon Middle School band director, Stacy Bean, said they've always had clothing and other items available for students in lockers or bags, but this is the first time they have it in a store-like atmosphere.

Store officials add it's more beneficial for students this way.

"We just are doing a shop and we just want to help the kids out who don't have that much clothes at home and who need help with clothes," Charis Spencer, a student at Horizon Middle School, said.

They have plenty of clothes in the store, but that's not the only available for students.

"Not only do we have outer wear, but we have underwear, socks, bras, sports bras and anything that the students would need," Bean said. "Along with that, we have soap, shampoo, lotions, tooth brushes, tooth paste and any other feminine products." "Anything to help out," she added.

Student volunteers said it feels great to help others.

"I think it's important for anyone to have clean clothes, so that they can fit in a little better, so that they don't get bullied or anything like that," Kayla Anderson, a student at Horizon Middle School, said.

The purpose of this thrift store is to provide a comfortable space for students to pick up items they need.

"Especially at the middle school age, they are so self-conscious about themselves, it's just tough enough being a middle schooler, let alone drawing attention to themselves," Bean said. "I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and safe coming in here."

Officials said they hope to eventually open up the store for families, so they can have access to things they need.

if you want to help out, please feel free to drop off gently used clothing, bedding or other items at the front office.

If you don't have items to donate to the store, school officials encourage you to give gift cards to help them purchase items they need.