Several Centre County students will get a treat Saturday morning from the Salvation Army, and it comes with a new style for the school year.
Envoy Betty Ellen Barrett, who runs the Salvation Army of State College, said the organization is giving 97 students in kindergarten through 12th grades a shopping trip to Wal-Mart on Benner Pike.
She said each student will have the chance to get new clothes worth about $70.
The clothing program has been going on for about five years, but Barrett said what makes this year different is that each student is required be at Wal-Mart to pick out their items.
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“In the past, their families would come and do this, but this year it’s a chance for them to get the clothes they want,” she said.
The youth and their families will be accompanied by a volunteer. Each student also will be given a backpack filled with school supplies and snacks, said Alexandra Ferber, public relations manager for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“They’re all very appreciative,” Barrett said of participating students. “We see their appreciation when they come back to volunteer because they’ve been helped by us. It’s more than just a handout.”
This year’s eligible students are all new to the program, Barrett said.
“The poor will always be among us even when we don’t expect to see it in some areas, and they need help just as much as the next,” Barrett said. “Without the support from volunteers and donors, our services and ministry wouldn’t be possible in any community.”