20 Lansing Kids Receive Free School Supplies

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

Nearly two dozen local students went back-to-school shopping Friday and didn't have to pay a thing thanks to Target and the Salvation Army. Isiah is one of those students.

This year he starts the third grade at a new school and he'll want to make new friends, so he's doing a little school shopping to start the year off on the right foot.

Brian Johnson "So do you think you'll have a good school year?
Isiah "Yes."
Brian Johnson "Why?
Isiah "Becasue I have new stuff."

But without a little needed help the clothes in his shopping cart might not have become his.

"With the way the economy is going, you know, it's a stuggle, everyone don't have the money, and it's it's hard, it's hard times," said Elaine Jones Isiah's mother.

To help students in need, this year Target is teaming up with the Salvation Army to make sure 20 local kids get the supplies they need. It's part of a national effort called the "Target School Spree."

"If a child doesn't have to worry about what clothes to wear, if a child doesn't have to worry about where their school supplies are going to come from or wearing the right gym shoes in class, they can consentrate on what's important which is getting good grades at school," said Major Alan Hellstrom, the Salvation Army tri-county coordinator for Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties.

Target gices each child an $80 gift card to buy school clothes and supplies. Nearly 500 target's nationwide will participate. Target and the Salvation Army will help a total of 12,000 K-12 students across the country. The store plans to give a total of $1 million in gift cards for school supplies.

"It's a blessing, you know God is good," said Jones. "It's just wonderful. I'm just grateful."

After getting the much-needed supplies, Isaih even had a few dollars leftover to buy a spiderman watch he's had his eye on.

"At first we couldn't get it but then when I knew [i could get it] I ran to get it," said Isiah.

And maybe his new watch will be a great conversation starter to help make new friends.

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