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Target, Salvation Army help kids with back-to-school shopping

Modified: Thursday, Aug 15th, 2013

Volunteer Brenda Parra helps Alexis Jimenez buy school supplies Thursday morning at the Target in Watsonville. (Photo by Tom Dunlap)

A group of young students stocked up on school supplies Thursday morning in Watsonville, thanks to Target, the Salvation Army, donors and volunteers.

The Target store on Main Street welcomed the students with breakfast, goodie bags, a gift card worth $81 and their own personal shopper.

In addition to the $81, Target charged no sales tax on the items and added a 10 percent discount.

"It's very generous for Target," said Solange Bitol Hansen, donor relations director, Golden State Division of the Salvation Army.

Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare students for the first day of school. Nearly 500 Target stores are participating in the program across the country.

Overall, Hansen said the morning shopping spree was a success. "We feel like we give them the tools for success," she said.

"I think it's actually pretty cool that we get to have a shopping spree before school," said Elinaih Viquez, who will be attending Green Valley Christian School.

For the complete article see the 08-17-2013 issue.

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