Target, Salvation Army help gear up students for school

By Brandi Bailey

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A partnership between the Salvation Army and Target made sure students had the supplies they needed to start off the school year.

The Salvation Army chose 30 local children armed with a check list and a chaperon to hit the aisles Wednesday and get ready for the school year.

According to the Salvation Army, each student was provided with an $81 gift card from Target.

The students were also given lists with recommended items for their grades.

Chaperon Crystal DeMarco was paired up with Kiya. She's headed to kindergarten this year.

"She picked out all of her stuff. She knew exactly what she wanted. She did very well," DeMarco said.

Kiya picked out her own backpack, lunch bag, folders, pencils and crayons.

Many of the chaperons used this shopping spree as a trip down memory lane.

"You know it was like remembering back when you went school shopping and picking out a backpack and a lunch box," DeMarco said.

As students finished up and checked out, they got the chance to look over their new items and show their friends.

"They were so excited. It's going to be a great thing to know that they're ready for school and to see the excitement here today," said Maj. Ron Heimbrock from the Salvation Army.

Target has been working with the Salvation Army since 2009 on this initiative. This is the second time the Vestal location has participated.

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