Salvation Army OKC teams up with Target to help kids shop for Back To School Supplies, Clothes

Posted: July 28, 2011 in Boys & Girls Club, How We Help, News, Success Stories, Volunteerism

A happy student checks out at Target in Oklahoma City following a shopping spree with Target and The Salvation Army.

On Tuesday, July 26, more than 60 local students in need visited Oklahoma City and Norman Target stores to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma and Target helped 60 K-12 students across the city gear up for the upcoming academic year and get ready to succeed in school with the Target School Spree.

Each child, selected by The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command and Norman Salvation Army, was awarded an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Each child was also given a reusable Target shopping bag and was paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.  

For many families, back to school time means having to spend precious dollars for school supplies and new clothes. When some parents struggle to pay bills and put food on the table, even the simplest items like a pencil or new shirts can be challenging.

“It was such a pleasure to see the faces of the children while they were shopping,” said Cpt. Patrishia Knott of The Salvation Army. “They were able to buy new clothes for school and all the supplies they needed. It’s just one of the ways The Salvation Army is ‘Doing the Most Good,’ especially with community partners like Target.”

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