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Back To School Shopping Spree for Local Kids

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Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Lynchburg, VA - A group of kids in our area got a chance to go on a back-to-school shopping spree Wednesday, and Target picked up the tab.

Twenty-five children got an $80 gift card to use however they wanted, just as long as it was for class.

The smiles on their faces were priceless as they each went up and down the aisle, grabbing things for back to school. Most knew exactly what they were looking for.

"School products, clothes, shoes, stuff like that," said Shawn Rose, when he was asked what he was shopping for.

Rose will be going into the 7th grade this year, and will have school supplies he didn't always have in the past.

"It's just helping out our families, who don't have enough money to buy stuff that we need," said Rose.

"Dress and dress shoes," said Laura Jenkins, when she was asked what she was shopping for.

Anna Diaz had other plans for her eighty dollars.

"My favorite thing I bought so far is the Justin Bieber backpack, I like Justin Bieber," said Anna Diaz, who was shopping for school supplies.

"It was a great opportunity to see the kids. One of the girls I was with said this was the happiest day of her life, because she got to go shopping for her own clothes," said Lt. India Morris, who helped organize the event.

Each of the 25 kids paired up with a volunteer from the Salvation Army.

Morris says it's important for the children to feel confident when the new school year begins.

"It feels great to know the kids are leaving happy, they have something to look forward to when they start school," said Morris.

The Salvation Army and Target have partnered for the past several years -- to provide school supplies to children who need it most.

"Kind of feels like Christmas, to be able to see the excitement in their eyes that a need of theirs is being met, it's just awesome," said James Dill, a volunteer.

Target says that each year they donate around a million dollars nationwide in school supplies. Around 500 target stores partner with their local Salvation Army to find kids who really need their help.

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