Salvation Army partnered Saturday with Sears, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs School District 11 and others to help equip 110 area children for school, the nonprofit stated in a news release Monday.

The organizations, as well as other donors, convened Saturday morning at Chapel Hills Mall for the “Do the Most Good” event, during which 145 volunteers helped the 110 school children pick out new clothes and supplies for the new school year. The event brought in a monetary value of around $11,000 ($100 for each child), according to the release.

“This is one of the most satisfying programs we provide each year,” said Salvation Army El Paso County Coordinator Major Tammy Larson. “It is a true picture of the community coming together to make a difference for those in need.”

During the event, the children were able to purchase clothing and goods from Sears that was both tax exempt and at a 15-percent discount.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary sponsored 50 of the children and the remainder of the funding came from individuals in the community, several sponsoring five or more, according to the release. CSU helped to coordinate and prepare for the event.

“This is one of our volunteers’ favorite events because we get to be one-on-one with the kids and see the impact of our time,” said Jessica Davis, a program administrator for the Southern Delivery System who coordinates CSU’s participation in her free time. “We get to give these kids something they’ve never had before, and we look forward to it every year.”

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