by: Torie Wells Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Students in three counties will start the school year with a special new gift.
Belk and the United Way have partnered to give Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus County children more than 3,000 uniforms that families couldn't otherwise afford.
The start of school always brings new things like teachers, classes and friends.
This year hundreds of CMS students will now start the year with new clothes.
"I was really happy because I don't have a uniform myself," said one student named Brandon.
Brandon will be a fifth grader and he's excited for his new uniforms.
A donation of more than 2,000 uniforms to CMS from Belk and United Way will help shift the focus of the first day back to learning.
"It's something a child shouldn't have to worry about and I'm just very thankful," said Regina Boyd, the principal at Winterfield Elementary.
Boyd said the majority of her students face economic challenges. Some aren't able to afford uniforms. Some can only afford one. The uniforms will be given out to CMS will go to students in 10 schools.
"It's heartwarming to see the impact we can have," said Bill Roberts, the northern division chair of Belk.