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The Salvation Army partners with local entities to provide children with back to school needs. / Laura Austin Photo

Salvation Army leads child shopping spree

The Salvation Army Gina Noble– We are celebrating being able to come together to give 40 children from Ridgecrest and neighboring communities $100 in new clothes and shoes.

The Salvation Army was blessed to be partnered with Kiwanis Club of Ridgecrest, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Burroughs High School Key Club and Clinica Sierra Vista Differential Response for CHILD Back to School Shopping SPREE on Saturday, August 27th.  The support from Walmart was amazing, including the surprise of a donated pallet of school supplies for the kids. They gave an additional 50% off all clearance items and dedicated two registers to the event.  Over 35 early rising volunteers came to shop with the children.  Many community organizations sent members including Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce, Inyokern Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Sands School District Teachers, Oasis Family Resource Center, and The Salvation Army Advisory Board and Corps Council.  $4,000 of financial support for this year’s event was provided by the Kiwanis Club and The Salvation Army donors. 

It is our goal to serve 100 children next summer, and hold this event a week prior to school starting.  We will need the community to support us financially by raising $10,000 in advance of the Child Spree and also, by volunteering to shop in the early morning with an amazing student.  It is worth every dollar and every moment to bring a child joy and make a difference in a child’s life. 

Donations can be made now for next year’s Back to School Child Shopping Spree, by sending a check to PO Box 189 Ridgecrest, CA 93556 Please write Child Spree on the memo line.  We hope you will consider supporting early on and planning to be a part of Child Spree 2023.  We thank the students, their families, and all who gave financially and volunteered their time to make the event a success.  A quote from a family, an hour after Child Spree,  “William was very happy with his shopping spree. The volunteer chaperone did a great job. She hugged him and even had tears at the end. What a wonderful thing to do to help these children. William came home and put his hoodie on right away!” Child Spree is another example of how this considerate community comes together to make life better for each other.