Getting ready to go back to school can be a stressful time for some families, but Target and The Salvation Army are making the process a little easier this year by giving kids in Chico a chance to shop for everything they need to start the school year off right.
Lt. Connie Hall with the Salvation Army says, "We are seeing more and more families in need. So for us to be able to assist them with not only utility assistance or food assistance, but to be able to provide them an opportunity for their kids to get materials and clothing that they need for school is just amazing."
20 students were given Target gift cards and had volunteers help them pick out everything from clothes and backpacks to binders and pencils. Parents, like Tina Greer, say the shopping spree was a huge help.
"It takes a huge burden off of me having to buy certain things for (my son). So yeah it helps me financially for sure," she says.
Officials with The Salvation Army say the payoff for them is getting to see the children enjoying themselves.
"The kids are excited. They're excited to see what they've gotten. They're excited to share what they got with their parents. So it's just been a phenomenal day," says Hall.
The kids did not waste any time filling up their baskets. 11 year-old Brea Lewallen, who will be a 5th grader at McManus Elementary School this year, says she had a blast picking out her new outfits and school supplies.
"It was really awesome because i love shopping," she says.
Target awarded all 40 of the Salvation Army's divisions nationwide a total of $960,000. Nearly 500 Target stores participated in the event.