Local children will be helped during KidSpree, an annual event that provides new school clothing to children and youth in San Luis Obispo County. With the community’s aid, young people can be ready to go back to school this fall with confidence and self-esteem, and more prepared to succeed.

2012 KidSpree participants with their volunteer shopper, Will

2012 KidSpree participants with their volunteer shopper, Will

United Way of San Luis Obispo County, in partnership with Kohl’s, has set this year’s event for Sunday, July 28 at both the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo Kohl’s stores. “Caring KidSpree volunteers are helping youth achieve their potential through increased self-confidence,” said United Way of SLO County CEO, Rick London. “Showing each child that a positive adult wants to spend time with them and help them succeed is vital in their success. The positive impact on each child is evident through their smiles.”

Donations of any amount are accepted in order to provide incoming K-12 students with a $100 gift card to Kohl’s in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo. The goal of this year’s event is to provide more than 200 students with the opportunity to participate in KidSpree.

United Way is partnering with local nonprofit agencies that nominate the children for participation and the San Luis Obispo County YMCA is screening volunteers by offering fingerprinting.

Children chosen to participate in KidSpree are paired with an adult volunteer, who assists them in shopping for the items they most want and need. All volunteers are required to be fingerprinted by July 12th in order to shop with a child; additional volunteers are needed to help with event set-up and check-in. Kohl’s offers numerous discounted items as well as no sales tax during KidSpree, and children are able to shop in privacy before the store opens to the general public.

Download a volunteer/donor interest form from United Way’s website here; checks earmarked for “KidSpree” can be mailed to United Way at P.O. Box 14309, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406. For more information, contact KidSpree Coordinator, Rachel Cementina at (805) 541-1234 or kidspree@unitedwayslo.org.

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