Salvation Army, Target give 20 students a school shopping spree

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Wednesday evening, the Salvation Army and Target teamed up to give 20 local students an $80 back-to-school shopping spree.

Pencils, book bags, folders, and more were on their lists. For 5-year-old Giovanni Woods, this trip to Target meant a new pair of shoes. And that's something that means the world to Giovanni's grandfather and caretaker Frenchy Lemarie.

"Being I'm on fixed income, got three little kids now to put through school, it's going to be a really big help," said Lemarie.

All around the store, kids and their parents searched for their back to school essentials, and checked them off their lists. It was a rewarding experience for all parties involved.

"We are just so blessed that we're able to help you in your time of need," said Major Gary Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.

"We just love to give back anyway we can," said Target employee Ambreia Turner. "We do it and we do it gratefully."

Without this $80 shopping spree, these families say they'd be at a loss.

"I'd probably try to ask somebody for help," said Turkessa Simpson.

"Maybe look for extra hours in my job," said Cleto Olara.

The new pair of shoes made Seirra Woods even more eager to start school.

"Because I'm going to meet friends and have lots of fun and do math," said Woods.

And it makes one grandfather's load a little lighter.

"Oh, just a heartfelt thank-you," said Frenchy Lemarie.

As everyone checked-out, that grateful attitude seemed to be the consensus.

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