OCEANSIDE — A gathering of seven North County Assistance League Chapters hosted a two-day shopping event, in early August at Camp Pendleton, providing military parents and children with a free shopping day.
In a mammoth shopping tent, 720 children chose new clothes. Since 2005, 4,000 Camp Pendleton children have benefited from this event. Chapters combine their resources to rent the tent and set up a “store” stocked with new jeans, shirts, socks, underwear, sweatshirts, school supplies, personal care items and a gift card for shoes at a local retailer. Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito provided colorful hooded sweatshirts and special sacks of school supplies for the youngsters.
“As the children meet their friends, an occasionally squeal of delight is heard as they choose clothes that make them feel special,” Recognizing that military families sacrifice for all of us, Assistance League volunteers say thanks each August in this very tangible way — new clothes and school supplies for each child.
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