The organization is taking applications to clothe students in need.

The new academic year is still more than a month away, but Charity Newsies already is kicking off its annual effort to help schoolchildren in need.

The nonprofit Charity Newsies, which started in 1907, provides school clothes to needy students who attend public, parochial, charter and vocational institutions throughout Franklin County. The goal of the program is to remove lack of proper clothing as a barrier to school attendance.

The organization will begin taking applications from local families at Columbus Metropolitan Library branches starting July 7. Applications will be taken at its headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave., starting Aug. 6.

To apply, a parent or legal guardian must provide verified school attendance, identification and proof of income. Once applications are approved, children attend an appointment at Charity Newsies to select clothing (including pants, shirts, socks, undergarments, a coat and a $25 Payless ShoeSource voucher).

Applications will be taken:

July 7 – Karl Road branch, 5590 Karl Road; Hilltop branch, 511 S. Hague Ave. July 14 – Parsons branch, 1113 Parsons Ave.; Whitehall branch, 4445 E. Broad St. July 21 – Driving Park branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave. July 28 – Northern Lights branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave. Aug. 4 – Livingston branch, 3434 E. Livingston Ave. Aug. 11 – Hilltop branch, 511 S. Hague Ave. Aug. 18 – Linden branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave.; Livingston branch, 3434 E. Livingston Ave. Aug. 25 – South High branch, 3540 S. High St.; Parsons branch, 1113 Parsons Ave.

For more information, go to charitynewsies.org or call 614-263-4300.