Today I want to share with you a non-profit that is close to my heart, U R Special.
What is U R Special?
“U R Special Ministries, Inc. exists to foster self-esteem and healthy lifestyles in needy and at-risk children. We do so by providing new, one-of-a-kind outfits of clothing for the children of Edmond, Oklahoma, and distributing it to them in ways that are celebratory, interactive, and affirming.”
What I love most about U R Special is that they take the time to select brand new outfits for these kids. They pick name brand items for them to have. Not that name brands are important, but what is important about the name brands for these kids specifically is that their friends at school have them. They get to have an entire outfit, head to toe, that their classmates may have too and they’ll fit right in! I love that.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with shopping second hand or gently used, actually it’s great for the environment (but that is another post for another day), but being able to give these children, who may not be able to acquire a brand new outfit that looks just like what their friends have at school, is such a great thing.
How it Started
U R Special began in 1993 after one of the founding members came back from visiting Africa.
“She saw how the gift of a simple dress brightened the face of a needy girl.”
From there U R Special added additional clothing items as well as included boys in the distribution. They typically do about 3 distributions a year. One for Spring, one for Fall and one for Winter.
Who Does U R Special Help?
- Children ages 3-9
- Parents/Guardians must certify low income levels
- Live in Edmond or attend Edmond schools
How You Can Help:
U R Special’s website is HERE. Please reach out to me if you have any other questions about U R Special.