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Salvation Army, Target partner for student shopping sprees

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Aug. 17, 2012 at 3:17 a.m.
Updated Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.

Nathan Raz, 9, tries on a new pair of shoes at Target during a back-to-school shopping spree sponsored by the store in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

Titania Price was excited about going back-to-school clothes shopping at Target on Friday.

But not why you might think.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what my little sisters' ideas are of fashion," said Titania, 12, as her 8-year-old and 10-year-old sisters nearby laughed.

The girls were among 13 students, 12 and younger, who took part in the Target Back-to-School Shopping Spree in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

Each student received an $80 gift card.

Titania did admit she would seek out some new shoes, polo shirts, pants and belts.

The girls' mother, Virginia Price, said the program helps her immensely.

"It's a big help," Price said. "We had a fire and lost most of our belongings, so this will really help us get some of those necessities back."

Sue Castillo, who at 65 is now taking care of her great-niece and two great-nephews, is also thankful for the program.

"It is very helpful," said Castillo. "For me, it's like starting over. I went from being a great-grandmother to a mother again in one year. This will help get us started."

Castillo said the first stop for the 5-, 8-, and 9-year-olds will be the shoe department.

"We are happy to be able to partner with Target to bring this to families who need help," said Salvation Army Capt. Laura Martin.

As part of the Target School Spree, the company awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army divisions nationwide a total of $1 million in Target Gift Cards and in-kind contributions for the shopping sprees.

About 500 Target stores nationwide will participate in the Target School Spree event.



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