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Local kids receive school supply shopping spree through Salvation Army

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9-year-old Southern Hills Elementary 4th-grader Tiuana Bradford has a big decision to make - pink backpack or purple.

"I think I'm gonna get pink this time. I have too many purple."

She's says she's looking forward to cheerleading and seeing friends, but one thing she won't be worried about it is not having her school supplies.

"This is a relief for them. They're going to go school and see the other kids with their new backpacks, papers and pencils and think, 'I can be just like them,'" says Salvation Army Maj. Paul White.

Each child is given a gift card, courtesy of the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Club and Target, to buy all the supplies they need.

White says these are kids who might otherwise start school empty-handed, and parents are grateful for the help.

"It's a good experience for the kids, you know, to keep them motivated in school," says mother Wanda Farrow.

Even though only 30 kids stormed the aisles in Target in Shreveport today with their gift cards, a total of 150 kids will actually receive help with their school supplies this year through the Boys and Girls Club program.

This year, nearly 500 Target stores across the nation will participate in the shopping spree. The retailer partnered with the Salvation Army to donate $1 million nationwide for students in need.

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