It's that time of the year when kids are heading back to school and need to check off their school supply list. For some it is simply not an option to get new school gear.
To make it happen, the Salvation Army and Target are partnering to grant wishes for children in need all over the country. They are providing nearly $1 million in gift cards for kids to have a shopping spree who normally wouldn't have the option.
"The most heartbreaking thing was last year one of the kids looked at me and said, 'I never had underwear, this is great.' That's just a simple thing you can't imagine. We all take it for granted," said Captain Mike Morton of The Salvation Army of Lubbock.
Morton says normally these kids would just get hand-me-downs, but now they are getting a dream come true. Carlos Garcia is one of the twelve children who was chosen by the Salvation Army in Lubbock to receive an $80 gift card.
"It's real fun going with a church that cares about a lot of people," said Carlos.
Like all the children, Carlos couldn't be happier.
"I'm looking for shoes and stuff for the winter so when it comes we will be ready," he said.
Carlos's chaperone says this means the world to all the kids.
"It's something wonderful because, before you know it, Carlos is going to be a young man and he is going to be able to provide for himself and the Salvation Army is teaching him how to do that," said volunteer Maria Zamora.
Thanks to a simple gesture, these young children can now check off their school supply list like everyone else.
The Salvation Army of Lubbock will also be providing backpacks and other school supplies next month for these children.
For more information go to www.salvationarmylubbock.org
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