As the start of the school year nears, El Paso families already struggling with finances will have yet another expense to budget for: back to school expenses.

If your child’s school requires uniforms, several civic organizations are helping families lessen the back-to-school burden with school uniform swaps taking place Saturday, July 23.

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12th Annual Lions Club School Uniform Swap

The Ysleta, Five Points, and Executive Womens Lions Clubs are sponsoring the community wide uniform swap taking place at Eastlake High School. The swap, open to families from all districts and schools, works like this:

Those who want first dibs at the exchange are encouraged to turn in their gently used, clean uniforms at one of the seven locations listed below. In return, they will get a voucher that allows them to shop first on the day of the swap.

Uniform pieces that can be traded in include polo shirts, T-shirts, pants, shorts, capris, skirts and skorts.

One does not have to trade in uniforms to receive assistance, however, those without a voucher will be allowed in after people holding a voucher have received theirs.

What to Know If You Plan to Go

• Saturday, July 23, 2022
• 8 a.m to 12 noon
• Eastlake High School, 13000 Emerald Pass Ave.

Uniform Drop-off/Voucher Locations

• National Self Storage - 7620 N. Loop Dr.
• Progressive - 11930 Vista del Sol
• National Self Storage - 10560 N. Loop Dr., Socorro
• Farmers Insurance Elizabeth Correa Agency - 14200 Ashford
• Triple Threat Cheerleading - 6800 Commerce Ave. (5:30p-9 p)
• Liberty Tax - 700 N. Zaragoza (Mon-Tue-Sat 10a-4p, Thu 1p-7p)
• Xtreme Core Fitness - 125 N. Kenazo Ave., Horizon (Mon-Fri 8a -9p)

MOB's Back to School Event

Iris Lopez
Iris Lopez

Organized by Mothers On Board in collaboration with the El Paso Downtown Lions Club service organization, El Paso's largest community wide uniform swap will be held Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Ascarate Park.

The swap is open to families from all districts and schools, and works just like the Annual Lions Club School Uniform Swap: trade in your clean, gently-used school uniforms and receive a voucher that you exchange for an equal number of pieces at the Uniform Swap event.

The major difference between the two is that at this one families can also pick up school supplies and backpacks on that day, and get a haircut and/or a physical.

What to Know If You Plan to Go

• Saturday, July 23, 2022
• 9:00 a.m to 12 noon
• Ascarate Park Pavillion in Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive

Uniform Drop-off/Voucher Locations

• Westside Family YMCA - 7145 N. Mesa
• Bowling Family YMCA - 5509 Will Ruth Ave.
• Flying Colors Daycare - 600 East Redd Road
• Flying Colors Daycare - 10080 Dyer Street
• Flying Colors Daycare - 11440 Montwood Drive
• Fred and Maria Loya Family YMCA - 2044 Trawood Dr.

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