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Clothing vouchers available in Jefferson County

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Job and Family Services Department will once again be distributing clothing vouchers so children in need can have something new to wear to school.

Elizabeth Ferron, agency director, said about 2,000 of the $200 vouchers will be handed out later this month. The funding is from the federal government.

Applications will be accepted from Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Vouchers for eligible families will be given out on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 at the agency.

The clothing vouchers are for children ages 5 through 18. An 18-year-old must be enrolled in high school, Ferron said.

She said families receiving any type of public assistance need not bring any paperwork with them when making an application for the vouchers. Those not on public assistance need to bring identification, verification of residence, birth certificates and Social Security numbers for the children and proof of income.

Families must be at or below 200 percent of the poverty guideline, Ferron said.

Stores honoring the vouchers include Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, T.J. Maxx, Gabes, Boscov’s and rue21, according to Ferron. The vouchers will include the size of clothing for each child.

“This also helps the local economy,” Ferron said of the $400,000 in clothing vouchers to be distributed.

“It is great to help struggling families so they don’t have to worry about clothing for the children for school. Every child wants new outfits for school. It is a win-win. The people that come in are very appreciative and walk out with tears in their eyes when they get the check. The agency’s employees are excited to help out the families,” she said.

Ferron asked that only one member of the household come to the agency to make the application and to receive the vouchers because of space limitations inside the job and family services building, located at 125 S. Fifth St. The agency can be contacted at (740) 282-0961.

Ferron said everyone who was eligible received a clothing voucher last year.

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