Dana Burks is a veteran and the mother Zariah Hamilton, a rambunctious 6-year-old who enjoys to read. No one would ever know that last year Zariah had 6 brain operations.
"I was employed at the time but I lost my job because she was hospitalized for so long and from there I pretty much didn't have anywhere to go," said Burks.
Over the years times have been tough on the two. After leaving the military, Burks settled down in the Midlands to get the best medical care for her daughter. But with no family in the area to turn to, Burks reached out for help.
The Salvation Army has been helping me for the past year. Last year they had a back to school drive and they helped me with school supplies and clothes for Zariah," said Burk.
"Clothes For Kids" is a program designed to help families in need get back to school items as they prepare for a new school year.
It feels really good to know that there is help for us out there, I was in a really bad place last year" said, Burk.
The families are carefully selected and are given items donated by shoppers at area malls. Shoppers can pick up a card with a list of the child's name, age, and clothing size. Giving back and helping families like Diana Burk's.
According Burk, " They make sure you worry a lot less as if you would when you had no place to go".
For more information, visit the Clothes for Kids website.