Cash-strapped Parents Turn to Charity Shops for Back-to-School Needs

Charity shops have reported a surge in the demand for second-hand school uniforms and other back-to-school items.

The Herald reports that almost 900 cash-strapped families, struggling with the rising costs, have appealed to charity shops in the Tallaght area alone to help them dress their children for the new term.

Charity shops are appealing to parents to donate their old school uniforms and school books to help meet the growing need. Tracksuits, coats, shoes and stationery are also needed.

A survey by Barnardos showed that nearly 60% of parents have to find extra cash this September for schoolbooks compared with last year. The charity found it cost about €335 for a child to start school, €460 at fourth class level and this rose sharply to €815 for a child entering the first year of secondary school.
(Source: Evening Herald)