Kids Going Back to School With Smiles and Style(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Twenty-three children from San Bernardino and more than 12,000 nationwide are going back to school this year with brand new clothes and supplies, even though all of them are from needy families.
Target, Inc. and the Salvation Army teamed together to help these children. Target supplied $80 gift certificates, one per child, and treated all to cookies and other refreshments when they were done shopping.
In San Bernardino, those helped included all of the school-age children living at Hospitality House, the 90-day emergency family shelter operated by the San Bernardino Corps.
“It helped a lot,” said Jennifer Davis, mother of three children who were able to shop for back-to-school items at the 499 W. Orange Show Road Target. “I wasn’t able to get them new things this year.”
Salvation Army corps throughout the nation identified children who could most benefit from this help and brought them to a local Target store. They also recruited volunteers to serve as personal shoppers for each child.
Leticia Price served as a personal shopper for Jennifer’s son, and noted he and the other children were excited about shopping for their back-to-school goods.
“It was a great experience,” she said. “These children never had an opportunity to go shopping, so to have new clothes that actually fit put smiles on their faces.”
About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.
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