Salvation Army Board Takes Local Kids on Back to School Shopping Spree



Volunteers from the Salvation Army Board of Solano County will take 50 local students in need shopping for back to school supplies this Saturday.

Students will have the opportunity to visit a Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping K-12 students across the county gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded a Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

Target supplied The Salvation Army 30-$81gift cards for the event. The Salvation Army Advisory Board raised $2000 to send an additional 20 children to the shopping spree event and increase the spending funds to $100 per child.

Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare children for the first day of school. As part the Target School Spree program, Target has awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target GiftCards and transportation costs. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select regions across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program will provide a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn. Through programs like the Target School Sprees, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

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