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      Salvation Army helps students shop 'til they drop

      Students will be hitting the books on Monday as the new school year starts. Some of those students would go without those important necessities, like school supplies, if not for the community's help.

      Sounds of a successful shopping trip filled Target Friday as 13 students from around the area went on a shopping spree thanks to a partnership between Target and the Salvation Army. The students chosen by the Salvation Army.

      "We're going to get to go shopping, I haven't shopped with a teenager in many years so it will be fun," said Sandra, Salvation Army Volunteer.

      "As we think about what every kid needs to get started back in the school year, you know that folks that are on the lower level of the income scale that's next to impossible," said Major Harvey Johnson, Salvation Army.

      The kids had fun picking out shoes, shirts, pants, jeans, and needed school supplies with volunteers like Sandra. Each student smiling ear to ear overcome with joy as they spent $80 gift card.

      "This is a very important because every kid likes to show up for the first day of school in new jeans, new book bag, and all that stuff so we're very fortunate to have this opportunity," said Major Johnson.

      For Shay Hays, she'll be a freshman at Palo Duro High School. Her first time to be back in public school since fifth grade, when she started home school.

      "It reminds me I'm going back to school and I'm nervous," said Hays.

      It's because of the community's generosity that the Salvation Army is able to give the students the shopping spree.

      "There's always a way to partner we always need help. Of course green, is always an appropriate color when you're going back-to-school to help us with perhaps a donation because there's always more of a need than resources," said Major Johnson.

      If you would like to make a donation or volunteer you can call the Salvation Army at 373-6631.