Back to school costs are up 14 percent this year, weighing heavily on families' budgets. The average family will spend more than $600 on everything from binders to notebooks to uniforms. That results in major sticker shock for families just trying to get by.
Shreveport's Providence House is doing its part to help those children. It provides school supplies for almost 200 kids, thanks to local businesses like Frymaster, which donated more than 1,200 items and Hair Junkie Salon, which provided free hairucts.
Sarah Causey, volunteer coordinator with the Providence House, says they need the support even more this year as more families seek help. The organization served more than 1,000 families in 2011. "It was an over 100 percent increase from the year before...so we see that the need is growing," she said.
The Providence House is still looking for donations of school uniforms in all sizes. If you can help, contact the Providence House. http://http://theprovidencehouse.com/