For Kids, 2007 Fall Fashion Forecast Is Partly Cloudy

Top Quote Ah, back to school. What should they wear? The kids know. The ads sandwiched between the cartoons tutor them. So many choices. So little money left in parentís pockets. End Quote
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  • (1888PressRelease) September 04, 2007 - Ah, back to school. What should they wear? The kids know. The ads sandwiched between the cartoons tutor them. So many choices. So little money left in parentís pockets. Pamela Tomlinson can relate.

    Though her two children are adults now, the memories of struggling to provide their necessities donít easily erase over time. ďAs a single mom it was hard for me. Kids donít want to feel different from other children. They want to have nice clothing like the other children. It wasnít just the cost of the clothing it was how the clothing made them feel.Ē

    In 2003 Tomlinson founded Kids Defense Team Inc. to join the battle to protect children on the internet. The mountain of knowledge that she gained from her online work is now valuable training material to a Internship Program at Kaplan University (ICM Campus) in Pittsburgh PA for hours needed of cyber crime students towards their graduation. This year the organization has spread their wings to help children with another basic need. ďI couldnít imagine that clothes for kids could get more too much more expensive than when I was raising my children, but they have,Ē said Tomlinson.

    According to the National Retail Foundation each family will spend at least $434.24. Some are even spending at least another hundred for computers and electronic accessories. The latest high technology products have broken away from being luxury to a need. That estimate is merely a starter figure. As the school days go by wallets and purses seem to go on some special diet getting slimmer and slimmer. Sizes are outgrown, seasons change, and some kids can really have a showdown with any fabric, no matter how tough or reinforced.

    Early this week the census bureau made public its latest findings on income and poverty. This year the official poverty rate in 2006 is 12.3%, a baby step from 12.6% in 2005. Even with a gain in income a larger handful of pinched pennies may not be enough to cover expenses of children in need of clothing. After all of the money is thinly spread to cover housing, food, child care, and transportation, very little is left to cover the full cost of outfitting children for school.

    There is a saying members of the last generation who carried change just in case they needed a pay phone might be familiar with. ďyouíre old enough for your wants not to hurt you.Ē Pam Tomlinson is from that generation. Along the way she learned the part that was left unsaid. Living without your needs aches to the bone.

    Kids Defense Team Inc. urgently wants to partner with communities to help parents and other organizations provide children in need with clothing and school supplies. They ask that you make donations to their clothing drive that will benefit children nationwide. So far two locations have been to charitably donated. The first location is Cecil Bank in North East Plaza, North East, MD. The other location is England Colony on the Bay at 505 South Main Street in Northeast Maryland. Please join us in meeting a basic need for our children.

    If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the founder and president of Kids Defense Team Inc. please call president and founder Pam Tomlinson at or email president ( @ ) kidsdefenseteam dot com dot

    Pam Tomlinson
    Cell Phone: 443-466-1851
    Email: president ( @ ) kidsdefenseteam dot com

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