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Salvation Army helps kids in need for new school year

It is that time of year again, time for back to school shopping. Each year, the Salvation Army of Idaho Falls tries to make that load a bit easier.

This year, the Salvation Army of Idaho Falls is doing something different. Instead of putting different school supplies in backpacks for kids in need, the organization asked the children, individually, what they need.

The Salvation Army said that 120 children have already signed up for back to supplies.

“Unfortunately, we’re the day in age where we have to (have) a lot of supplies,” said Major Orpha Moody of the Salvation Army of Idaho Falls. “Some of them have to have over 24 items that they have to take and have at school. When some kids don’t have something, it makes them feel like they aren’t a part of a community. It’s embarrassing for them and for the parents too because they can’t provide everything. We’re only going to provide some of it for them, but it helps them out.”

The Salvation Army of Idaho Falls will also be taking 30 kids on a shopping spree at Fred Meyer on Saturday. The organization will match each child up with an adult to help buy $125 worth of clothes. The group is still in need of a few more volunteers on Saturday.

If you’re in need of school supplies, the Salvation Army of Idaho Falls said it’s not too late. You can either call the organization at 208-522-7200 or visit their Facebook page for more information.

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