TAMPA, Fla. -- Local high school students are on a mission to help underprivileged students find clothing needed to succeed.
Six students from King High School started the BestFit Foundation about a year ago in Tampa.
"We've actually raised almost $20,000 worth of clothing which is something we're really proud of," said Arpan Bagui, CEO of the BestFit Foundation.
The BestFit Foundation collects clothes and provides them to students in need for free. Others may purchase the clothes for a low price.
The clothes are available at the Salvation Army Family Store on North Nebraska Avenue in Tampa.
"Before we give them to the Salvation Army, we'll tag them with BestFit tags and then we distribute clothes to people through vouchers that we give to high school students," said Arjan Kang, CFO of BestFit Foundation.
The six students who started the nonprofit organization joined a speech and debate class after school. They noticed some students could not afford to dress nice for tournaments and out of state trips.
"We see a lot of kids in our school that would really like to compete at this kind of level, but don't have the resources in terms of not having the money to attend these tournaments or not having the clothing they need to stand out and look professional with everyone else," said Adam McCormick, BestFit Director of Fundraising.
The nonprofit has helped students attend summer debate camps and also attend speech and debate tournaments.
"We wanted to help in anyway we could because we saw ourselves as more fortunate as others," said Ashvin Tyagi, Director of Resources for BestFit Foundation.
The foundation is dedicated to giving students opportunities they deserve and provide them formal clothing or scholarships.
The nonprofit gladly accepts clothing donations.
To learn more visit: www.bestfitfoundation.org
You can also connect with the BestFit Foundation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bestfitfoundation