Special back-to-school shopping spree for students - Tucson News Now

Special back-to-school shopping spree for students

The Ortega brothers, two participants in the Salvation Army back to school shopping spree, pick out their first item, socks. (Source: Maria Hechanova) The Ortega brothers, two participants in the Salvation Army back to school shopping spree, pick out their first item, socks. (Source: Maria Hechanova)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's that time of year. Time to take the kids back-to-school shopping, but many families cannot afford all the necessities. 

The Salvation Army is helping 25 students get the supplies they need for the upcoming school year.

"The students we have that come to the Salvation Army are less fortunate. They are not as likely to participate in getting new clothes and school supplies and backpacks and things like that to take to school on the first day," said Shawna Kroh a Salvation Army spokesperson. "Having that opportunity for us to take them shopping and give them those things they need, they can walk into the school grounds and feel confident knowing they have everything they need and they don't feel left out."

The Oracle Road Target will be the scene for a back-to-school shopping spree, where the specially chosen kindergarten through 12th grade students will get a chance to get the supplies they need for school.

Each child, was chosen from the Salvation Army's youth programs happening around Tucson, and based on financial need. The students will be given $81 to get clothes and school supplies for the 2013-2014 school year.  There will also be an ‘army' of volunteers to help the shoppers navigate the store.

"It means my mom has to worry less about us, because we'll already be set up," said Ricardo Ortega, a 15-year-old high school sophomore.

Over 500 Target stores across the U.S. are participating in this special back-to-school shopping spree.

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