Salvation Army Takes 100 Pasadena Children Back-to-School Shopping

12:21 pm | August 13, 2012


Heading back to school can be a financially stressful time of year for any family, but particularly for low-wage workers and homeless families. That’s why The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle Corps Community Center partnered with the local Lions Club and Rotary Club to help local families with back-to-school shopping.

On Saturday, August 4 at 8 a.m., 100 children were set loose upon the Sears in Pasadena to select clothing and shoes to help them enter school this fall with confidence.

After opening remarks from Pasadena Police Department Lieutenant Rodney Wallace, the children – provided with a $75 gift card and their own personal wish lists – got busy shopping with their parent’s assistance.

Donations from the Pasadena Lions Club and Rotary Club help fund the gift cards, as well as backpacks for each child. Sears offered a discount on back-to-school items, helping the children stretch their dollars even further.

The boys and girls were all pre-selected according to need and are beneficiaries of The Salvation Army in Pasadena, Pasadena Unified School District Families in Transition, New Macedonia Baptist Church and Neighborhood Urban Family Center.

The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps Community Center is committed to helping local children with everything from after school tutoring and shelter, to food and clothes, among other social services. The Salvation Army has been providing for people in need in Southern California for 125 years. For more information on The Salvation Army’s local ministries, visit