Toys, clothes and Christmas spirit spilled out of shopping carts at Target Saturday as LightHouse children had the opportunity to “Shop with a Doc.”
For the second year, Specialists Hospital of Shreveport sponsored the shopping spree for 50 children in the Volunteers of America after-school program. Each child had $300 to split between toys, necessities and gifts for others.
“It’s one thing to send a check, but to work with Target and watch the children is so much more enriching,” said Kandi Moore, CEO.
The event was a surprise to the children, who were told they were going on a “mystery field trip.”
“I thought it was going to be good because we never went anywhere at 7:45 a.m. before,” said Rayshun.
As they walked in the store, they were greeted by LightHouse staff and an army of volunteers who would serve as personal shoppers. Mouths gaped open and hands covered faces when the trip was explained.
“It was awesome because I haven’t had that much money before,” said Corinthian.
Some piled their carts high while others had to make a few trips around the store and consider their options before choosing. Items ranged from video games to backpacks to church clothes to bicycles (and helmets).
They were extra careful in picking out items for their moms and younger siblings. And some had to make some tough choices after adding up their selections.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them,” said LightHouse coordinator Wendy Garcia.
By the end volunteers were just as excited as the children.
“It’s like herding cats but it’s the funnest thing ever,” volunteer Robin Clawson said. “What a tribute to the doctors.”
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