Knox County Schools / PTA Clothing Center
The Knox County Schools/PTA Clothing Center offers a unique service to the students enrolled in our Knox County Schools - Preschool through 12th grade. For over 70 years, the purpose of the Clothing Center has been to provide clothing assistance for students so they may attend school on a daily basis. The Clothing Center is located in the Knox Central Building at the corner of Central Avenue and Baxter Avenue.
Over 2,000 students are served annually with over 55,000 articles of clothing distributed (new and used). Referrals come from the students' teacher, principal, school secretary, school counselor or social worker. The center also clothes students in emergency situations. Each student can visit the center for clothing two times during the school year - once per semester.
The administrative control of the Clothing Center is vested in a committee of sixteen volunteers representing: Knox County Council PTA, Knox County Schools, Knox County, and Knoxville City Government, and Members of the Community. Knox County Board of Education provides the staff expenses and Knox County Government provides the facilities and utilities. This partnership allows all monies contributed to be used to purchase clothing for the students.
The Center is largely dependent upon clothing drives conducted through the local PTA and PTSA schools twice each year. The Knox County Council PTA encourages the PTAs/PTSAs to support the Clothing Center through the clothing drives and by requesting annual monetary donations. These schools help in providing the many gently used items that are distributed along with new items. However, we accept clothing and monetary donations from anyone at any time during the school year. We do not take donations of shoes and used socks or underwear. Clothing can be donated Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm throughout the school year.
For additional information pertaining to the donations or distribution of clothing, call the Clothing Center at 594-3791.
Annual allocations from United Way of Greater Knoxville, Inc., appropriations by Knox County Government, plus proceeds from the Mynderse Trust Fund, are supplemented by donations from schools, PTA/PTSAs, civic clubs, individuals, businesses, and other interested groups.