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Church giving away free clothes for kids

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a tradition for many families to wear their Sunday best to church on Easter morning.

But as the economy continues to recover, it's not always easy to find nice dress clothes at a reasonable price.

That's why First Baptist Church of Oakland is holding an event this Saturday called "Operation Dress Up."

Families who register in advance are invited to come out from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and get new or gently used Easter clothes for free.

Most, if not all, of the clothes have been donated or purchased by congregation members.

Available sizes range from 4T to high school age. The church is not setting any income or identification requirements.

Rev. Tavares Parker said the event is intended to help kids feel confident while lifting a financial burden off families.

"To have something new just brings a self confidence, a self awareness to children and to people as a whole, and it's just a way we can reach out, help the children," he said.

Rev. Parker said he understands that nice clothes are not required for Easter Sunday or any Sunday, but that many families might feel they can't afford to dress up like some others do.

Operation Dress Up will also offer food and free haircuts for kids.

Contact the church at (904) 354-0776 to preregister. Its address is 1025 Jessie St. in Jacksonville.

Right now, there are enough clothes to help about 500 kids. Donations of new or gently used Easter clothes are being accepted to try and help even more.


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