Dozens of Pasco students at Virgie Robinson Elementary receive clothes during annual drive

PASCO, Wash. — As the Robinson family walks down the hallways of Virgie Robinson Elementary in Pasco, they’re continuously reminded of their beloved matriarch on which the school’s namesake is based.

For Virgie’s granddaughter, Reka, it’s a surreal reminder of the legacy she left behind.

That’s why eight years ago, she created what is now called the “Virgie Robinson Clothing Drive” in honor.

“To know someone who has a school named after them literally because of what they did in the community, again, I have to follow in her footsteps,” Reka said.

It’s an annual event that surprises dozens of students at the school with brand new outfits.

“When they put on the shoes that light up or the Marvel T-shirt and they’re just like, ‘can I wear this through the rest of the day?’ I’m like yes it’s yours, take it,” Reka said.

Rickie Robinson, Reka’s father and Virgie’s only son, said giving back is not only second nature but also a family tradition.

“We’ve always been the type of people that like to do things in the community,” Rickie said. “The way we were raised, it’s what we observed her do.”

He added that seeing the children’s faces when they receive the clothes is priceless.

“When you’re able to help somebody out the expression on their faces is just mind-boggling,” Rickie said.

The family said this year is “special” as the COVID-19 pandemic put events on hold so they’re ready and excited to continue moving forward.

“From our perspective, you haven’t seen nothing yet,” Rickie said.

One of the next events planned is the 8th annual Virgie Robinson Scholarship Charity Golf Classic on Saturday, April 23.

Funds raised at the tournament will go toward the scholarship benefitting Virgie Robinson Elementary School Alumni graduating from the Pasco School District.

The tournament will be held at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco with a tee-off starting at 1 p.m.

To view more details on the tournament, click here.

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