Sarah was a kindergartener, very excited to start her first day at school. She bounded off the school bus dressed in a woman’s sundress. The overflowing material of the dress was bunched up in Sarah’s small five-year-old hand, lifted high enough not to trip as she came down the bus steps.
Three days in a row, Sarah wore the same dress: neat and clean, but not a child’s dress. The teacher called Sarah’s mother, who explained they only had enough money to purchase clothing for their older son. Next month, they would buy clothes for Sarah. This was a family where the parents both worked and budgeted their money carefully, but sometimes they couldn’t afford the necessities.
NGA provided Sarah with age-, gender-, and seasonally-appropriate clothing.