GLENDALE — Alexa Moreno finished her school shopping under budget, so she returned to scour the aisles of Target on Tuesday, looking for more back-to-school supplies.
She found a dolphin binder, which she said would be among the more critical items when she begins her first day of school in fewer than three weeks.
"I got a lot of stuff, a lot a lot," the Edison Elementary School first-grader said. "I wanted lots of things because I like school and shopping."
By the end of the day, the Glendale Galleria Target had donated at least $2,550 in school supplies and clothes. Thirty-two children got an $80 gift card to spend on the latest fashion or pencils, binders, notebooks, graph paper and more.
Students came from the Salvation Army's shelter or social services programs, which partnered with Target for the shopping spree.
"It's giving them an opportunity to succeed and thrive, and helping those in need," said Salvation Army Capt. Rio Ray. "They deserve the same chance as everyone else."