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'Child Spree' for back to school Saturday, July 31

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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:19 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

The Salvation Army is partnering with Kohl's on Saturday, July 31, to host Child Spree, a special back-to school shopping opportunity for economically disadvantaged children.

This year, 100 needy children have been selected as recipients. They'll be assisted at one of two Kohl's locations, including the Marana store at 5850 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive, where volunteer escorts help the kids with back-to-school needs.

Each child receives a $100 budget to shop for new school clothing, as well as a store discount, a new backpack filled with donated goodies and school supplies, and a snack.

"Most of these children have never had new clothing or school supplies, so this is a special and memorable treat for them," said Tamara McElwee, public relations director for The Salvation Army. "This fun and rewarding event also helps to build self-confidence for these children, and gets their school year off to a positive start."

Donations of backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, folders, rulers and more are welcome. "No donation is too small," said McElwee. "Retail support is also so important. A free lunch certificate or an event coupon can be a big help for these families."

For more information on donating, call McElwee at 795-9671.

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