For 12 years, The Salvation Army had an annual Back to School partnership called ChildSpree with Mervyn’s department stores. Sadly, after 59 years in business Mervyn’s closed their doors for good after Christmas in 2008.
A friend of The Salvation Army in Murrieta, California was concerned about the loss of a Mervyn’s help with Back to School. A retired JC Penny executive and Rotary Club member, he called the manager of JC Penny in nearby Temecula and proposed that they continue the event. They agreed and a new ChildSpree partnership was forged!
Salvation Army Major Darren Trimmer and fellow Rotary Club members raised the money and recruited the volunteers. On Saturday, July 31, 200 kids and their parents began lining up outside the JC Penny in Temecula to sign in for ChildSpree and start shopping.
They came from the neighboring communities of Murrieta, Temecula and Lake Elsinore and were paired up with a volunteer to shop for anything from school clothes and shoes to backpacks and supplies.
According to Major Trimmer, there are a few ChildSpree partnerships that have continued in the years since 2008 but the event in Temecula is the largest.
If you’d like to help next year, please click here to email Major Darren Trimmer.
To read more about this event please click here for a link to The Salvation Army Sierra del Mar Division website.