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Re: Child Advocates Childspree
Release date: September 11, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas
On Saturday, August 19, more than 600 children were given the opportunity to shop for back-to-school clothes and receive a backpack full of school supplies at the Child Advocates Childspree. Early that morning, children lined up outside of Target stores around the city before the stores opened to the public. They were partnered with a volunteer personal shopper and given a $100 or $125 gift card to spend on items for the new school year.
The happiness of the morning overshadowed any sleepy faces, as kids browsed the aisles and picked out their favorite items. For many of the children participating, it was the first time they were able to pick out brand new clothes for school. Volunteer shoppers became quick friends as they shuffled through racks for the right sizes and helped find the perfect outfits for each child.
We heard many wonderful stories from the morning. One little girl was trying on shoes when another little boy ran by. She shouted "HEY!" The volunteer asked, “Do you know him?” and she said, “Yeah that’s my brother!” as he ran over to give her a huge hug. They are placed in different homes and didn’t know they would get to see each other that morning.
A little boy was holding up pants to check the size, and handed them back to his volunteer saying, “I can’t get those – they’re too long.” Another volunteer asked, "what if you get taller and grow bigger?” He looked at her very seriously and said, “But, I’m already SEVEN” and held up 7 fingers.
A teenage girl was looking for some new shirts, and her volunteer held one up that said “Aim High” on it. The volunteer said, “Do you know what it means to aim high? It means you can do anything you set your mind to. I think this would look great on you.”
The entire event was made possible because of our sponsors Atwood Oceanics, CenterPoint Energy, The Junior League of Houston, Schlumberger, Spark Energy, Target, Twin Eagle and Vitol. Their generous financial contribution and support of the Childspree truly made a difference in helping our children succeed, and we are so grateful.