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Student Shopping Spree

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ALEXANDRIA, La. -- Thirty boys and girls got a little help with their back-to-school shopping at Target Friday.

Target and the Salvation Army partnered to donate gift cards to needy school kids to help them get prepared for the start of the school year.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford tagged along.

It's back to school shopping time for 11-year-old Grant Junior High Student Luther Rollins.

"I have three pairs of pants and three shirts," Rollins said. "I have a pair of socks and boxers and my list."

Rollins and his cousin, Hayden, are hitting the aisles of Target in Alexandria, stocking up on what they need before class starts. And, all those needs quickly add up.

"School shopping usually costs over $100 with all the things for school and clothes and supplies," he said.

"Anywhere form $300 to $400 a kid by the time they get the things they need and the school supplies," said Misty Rollins, Luther's aunt.  "It gets pretty expensive."

But, this year they're getting a little help from Target and the Salvation Army. The two companies have partnered together to donate 30, $80 gift cards to families like the Rollins, who were chosen through a program set up by the Salvation Army.

"For several years, Target has donated 30 gift cards to help needy kids in the area with school supplies and uniforms," said Megan Cloud with the Salvation Army. "And, we're just proud to be a part of it."

For Target, donating the money to help kids purchase uniforms, pens and paper is all apart of the company's mission.

"The idea basically came from Target and its big push on how we give back to the community," said Tiffany Shotlow with Target Alexandria. "Target is really big on giving back to the community and this was just a great partnership with the Salvation Army."

"I don't think that I need anything else because I have all my school clothes and we're not going to buy school supplies just yet," Luther said.

With that, these students hit the register and are now ready to hit the books.

"I would like to say thank you to Target and also thank you to the Salvation Army because it really helps my parents out," Luther said.

Nearly 500 Target stores across the country are participating in the Target school spree event.

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