Posted: 3:25 p.m.
For many kids, a new school year also means a new outfit that's planned weeks in advance, coordinated with new accessories and school supplies.
But for many families in tough times, the checkbook doesn't agree.
"The need is really great, because we all know the economy--as much as we would like to say it's bouncing back, it hasn't bounced back the way it should," said Capt. Randy Hartt with the Yuma Salvation Army.
That's why Tuesday, the Target Corporation gave gift cards to a group of 25 students with the Yuma Salvation Army.
"Shopping with the kids. I love it!" Hartt said.
The kids received gift cards of $81 for everything back-to-school.
"Favorite part of my day was getting the Star Wars shirt. It's sweet," said Dyaln, who will be in the fifth grade.
Each year since 2009, the Target School Spree has awarded $1 million to the Salvation Army nationwide, allowing kids to check off more than just pens and pencils from the back-to-school list.
"Smiles on their faces and bags full of stuff that they get to use and call their own. And they've got their stuff, and they're running around holding their bags tight. It's really awesome," said Shelby Carley, who works at the Yuma Target.
Carley added that she has seen the work of the Salvation Army come full circle.
"I know that when we had hard times in my family, they helped out, and it's awesome to see that the program is still going."
And the kids, they think it's awesome, too.
"I got a cool Mindcraft shirt. There it is, look, look," said Anthony, who is in the sixth grade, as he excitedly held up his shirt for the camera.
About 15 volunteers from the Yuma Salvation Army and the Wellton Police Department chaperoned the kids on their shopping spree.