185 Knoxville children in need go on Christmas shopping spree

185 Knoxville children in need go on Christmas shopping spree

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Local kids had the chance to buy Christmas presents for family and friends at K-mart. Local kids had the chance to buy Christmas presents for family and friends at K-mart.
The event was sponsored by Weigel's. The event was sponsored by Weigel's.
Each child received a $150 gift card and help from K-mart employees. Each child received a $150 gift card and help from K-mart employees.
The event was part of Weigel's Family Christmas and the Salvation Army. The event was part of Weigel's Family Christmas and the Salvation Army.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Around 200 Knoxville children in need went on a Christmas shopping spree Saturday as part of the annual Weigel's Family Christmas.

The local convenience store chain gave 185 underprivileged children $150 each to spend on Christmas gifts and toys at Kmart.

"Every year they're smiling and happy and for us it's just the greatest time of year. We're just glad and fortunate to be able to do this," said Kurt Weigel, Weigel's Chief Customer Officer.

Selected through the Salvation Army, many of the children wouldn't have Christmas gifts this year if not for the event. Since the program began in 1999, more than 1500 local children have taken part.

"It's a great time of year. It's a way Weigel's can give back. A small way we can give back to the community," said Weigel.

Many children bought as many gifts for others as they did for themselves. 

"They shop for everybody. They shop for mom and dad, sister and brother. But the best part is when they shop for themselves. That's what it's all about, them being able to get what they want to buy," said Weigel.

"I'm getting shoes and clothes and toys," said 5-year-old Tony Ford, Jr. of Knoxville.

"A computer and the coloring book," said 6-year-old Shea Holloway of Knoxville.

It's a holiday dream come true for these children.

"I'm grateful we get to shop for free," said 9-year-old Jaida Wells of Knoxville. "It's super duper fun!"

For more information on Weigel's Family Christmas, as well as how children are selected to be part of the event, visit Weigel's website.

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