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Kids in need given back-to-school shopping spree

10:49 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Students in the Bangor area got a chance to go school shopping Friday morning with donated gift cards, thanks to a partnership between The Salvation Army and Target.

Around 30 kids were hand picked by the Salvation Army to pick up supplies with gift cards worth $81 each and donated by Target. The students in need were each paired with a volunteer chaperone to assist in finding the essentials. It was the first time Nazrin Dixon volunteered and it probably won't be her last.

"I couldn't believe that there was actually 30 people that wanted to do this, but now I know why." said Dixon.

This is the 5th year that Target and the Salvation Army has partnered up to make the shopping spree happen with nearly 500 stores taking part nationwide. Capt. Tim Clark organized the Bangor area shopping spree that he says goes beyond just getting ready for school for both the students and the families.

"$81 that has gone towards the basics that their children need to have a good start to school," said Clark. "To just be on a level playing field with all the other kids that's very meaningful for these families."

NEWS CENTER will be partnering with The Salvation Army for our annual Back To School Drive at Target's Bangor store August 16th. You'll have a chance to send some more kids back to school with the supplies they need by donating then as well.


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