ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Dozens of Roanoke families in need braved the dreary weather for a unique shopping experience. Saturday, Roanoke Role Modelz hosted a clothing give-away with thousands of items to pick through. It's part of an effort to help homeless students.
Bags stuffed with donated clothes are folded and hung to sit on display -- for homeless and families in need to sort through.
"I didn't have much as far as clothes are concerned," said Edward Horton, who's living on assistance. "I need to wear warmer clothes because, that snow gets cold."
"I'm just thankful to get out and of course get some free stuff," commented Sheinna Lyers, a Roanoke mother of two. "There is much needed: long sleeves and pants."
It's all free. That's right, free. But, it works like monopoly money. Families get fake cash and are able to turn them in for clothes, shoes and hygiene products.
"Most people think homeless means that you live out on the street or you sleep out on the sidewalk," said Dover Price, Roanoke Role Modelz organizer. "Homelessness it registers a little differently to me. Most people that I know of are one paycheck away from being out in the streets."
Price said with over 600 homeless children in city schools, they're hoping this event gives those families a little extra wiggle room in their wallet by saving on clothes. With 500 T-shirts, 300 jeans and more than 100 pairs of shoes...there's something for everyone.
"It's hard, clothes are expensive – especially when you got crazy light bills," said volunteer Robert Wormley. "People just need help. It's just a struggle and we all need help."
More than 50 volunteers and donations made this event possible. It's all an effort to help people in our community stay ahead.
Roanoke Role Modelz in partnership with Big Face Mob will be hosting a coat drive closer to the Christmas holiday. We will keep you posted as we learn more.