East Tennessee parents and kids get help with school supplies

East Tennessee parents and kids get help with school supplies

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By JAMIE LYNN DROHAN
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A retail chain and a charity are making affording school supplies a little easier on the wallet and East Tennesseans benefited Tuesday.

A list of required school supplies may include a calculator, a pocket dictionary, notebooks, glue sticks and markers, just to name a few items.

"Eighty-five dollars don't sound like a lot to a lot of people, but school supplies are expensive nowadays," said Shawn Gherish.

His son is one of 30 kids who received an $85 Target gift card to buy supplies and clothing for the new school year.

Tuesday marks the first time Target and the Salvation Army have teamed up across the country to help kids and parents prepare for school.

"I mean a lot of people can't afford it. I work, too, but things are just so expensive. Shoes nowadays are expensive and you buy markers and stuff like that. It's going to help a lot of people," Gherish said.

Maegan Sapp is a single mom with a daughter about to begin preschool. She says even at this young age, the prices of school supplies really add up.

"Winter clothes, summer clothes, shoes, lunch box, backpack, everything. It helps out me a lot because I don't have much help other than this so it's really great," Sapp said.

"I just have one job and I'm trying to get in school. I'm paying my own rent and stuff so I don't have a lot of extra money to spend so this helps her get what she needs," Sapp added.

Learn more about the Salvation Army's local programs and services online.

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