Shopping for School Clothes in a Small Town

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It’s that time of year again. It’s time to start shopping for school clothes. As part of a sponsored post for Mom Central Consulting, I’m going to tell you all about how you can help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by shopping at jcpenney. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating, but since I live in a small town and there is only a jcpenney and a library in our mall, it just makes sense that I would shop there and help as well.

Yep, you saw that correctly. I live in Palestine, Texas, and we have a mall, but it is 80% empty. A while back our local library’s roof collapsed and they moved into one of the larger spaces of the mall. Other than that, there is a jcpenney, an oriental knick knack store, a small bakery (that is moving out next month), and a VA clinic. We’re a hopping town, right?

jcp caresMy boy is starting Kindergarten in just over a month and our school district requires the kids to wear uniforms. We have a big box retail store in town (you know the one) and, of course, they have uniform clothes, but I want to have fun and think quality when I’m shopping for school clothes this year! And if I can help others while shopping, I’m all for it!

I’m here to tell you that you can help, too, by shopping for school clothes this year at jcpenney –

I’m a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Ambassador!

I don’t talk about it much, but you all know that during the day I work with Child Protective Services in Texas (right?) and although I don’t work with foster children and families much anymore, there was a time that I did. I worked in the Austin, Texas, area for several years and there was a fantastic BGCA there. When families would ask me about how to get their children more involved in the community – and out of trouble – I would always refer them to BGCA.

While my current community doesn’t have a BGCA, I still would love to help support their mission and what better way to do it than shopping for school clothes at jcpenney? I mean, come on…I’ll be shopping anyway!

BGCA has partnered with jcpenney for the

jcpenney cares round up campaign

In the month of July, if you round-up your purchase to the nearest whole dollar while shopping at jcpenney, you can help make a difference in supporting afterschool programs at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. 100% of donations raised will go towards BGCA.

What happens when the school bell rings? Every day, 15.1 million kids are left unsupervised after school. Boys & Girls Clubs are there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success and a great future.

Can you help BGCA this year by shopping for school clothes at jcpenney? What other ways do you help your community?


  1. Tammy S says:

    I love the BGCA! We have a great one in our town. My son has actually volunteered at several of their events. I wish I would have seen this post sooner. We love shopping at JC Penney’s. It would have been great to know that we were also helping the BGCA.

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