Wednesday's distribution of free school uniforms and various school supplies was a success with Tamaqua parents faced with outfitting children for the upcoming school year, according to event organizers.

The drive, coordinated by retired educator Rochelle Evanousky, Barnesville, and a group of volunteers, was held over the past several weeks and culminated in distribution to local families on Wednesday evening at Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua.

"We had over 83 familes with more than 160 children come to the event. Each child was able to take home at least two outfits and most were able to get some type of school supplies, too. All seemed very grateful for the opportunity to get a start for the school year. I hope we can work together again in the future," said Evanousky.

Evanousky said she appreciates the support of local residents and credited the TIMES NEWS and other local media with playing a key role in the success of the program, the first of its kind and one that involved no exchange of money in any manner.