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Low-Income Kids Treated to Shopping Spree

Kids Treated to Shopping Spree
Posted on 10/23/2017
Child trying on hat

Lotshaw Helping Hands and the Nampa JCPenney store teamed up for the annual back-to-school shopping event for low-income children on Monday, Oct. 23.

Sixty kids from Central, Endeavor and Sherman elementary schools shopped for pants, tops, coats, hats, gloves, shoes and other necessities with help from a shopping buddy to keep them on track and on budget. Buddies included volunteers from the Nampa Fire Department, Nampa Police Department, CWI, truckstop.com, Nampa High School (including representatives from cheerleading, football, dance team, and student organizations), and Nampa School District social workers, among others. Transportation for the kids was provided by Brown Bus Company.

On Tuesday, another 60 children from Iowa and Willow Creek elementary schools and the Gateways program will have their turn.

Children are selected by school social workers, teachers and administrators based on need. The Lotshaw Helping Hands provides each child with $100 to spend; JCPenney offered a 40 percent discount and an additional $20 at the register, as well as sack lunches and gifts for each participant.

Lotshaw Helping Hands, which is based in California, hosts shopping sprees for kids in need across the West, including in Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Oregon. This is their 19th year in Nampa, thanks to the volunteer coordination efforts of Keith Duff and his daughter C’Line, who has been involved each year since she was born. In fact, helping to organize the event was her senior project when she was a student at Nampa High School.

The shopping day has also become a highlight for store employees. “We look forward to this every year. It kicks off the holiday season and it’s nice to give back to the community,” said longtime story manager Chelly Harris.