(WBIR - Knoxville) The Salvation Army and Target on Saturday helped more than 20 Knoxville-area students in need get ready for the start of school.
25 local students selected by The Salvation Army of Knoxville were each awarded $81 gift cards to purchase back-to-school supplies and clothes as part of Target's school shopping spree program.
On Saturday, those students got to go through the aisles of Target picking out exactly what they wanted.
Major Albert Villafuerte said the program is exciting because for a lot of the children it's a rarity to see new clothes very often.
"I see the sparkle in their eye and the smile on their face. It's always neat to see that and I've seen families with children that have been very appreciative...Got a few hugs today," Major Villafuerte said.
Since 2009, Target has given $1 million nationwide for gift cards and transportation costs to ensure children have the necessities to be ready to learn in the fall.