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Free Back to School Shopping Event Helps Hundreds of Low-Income Families

This is the fourth year Style Saves has hosted an event for low-income children in the community. This year the number of kids they were able to help doubled, totaling more than 600.

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    More than 600 low-income children benefited from a free 2-day back-to-school shopping event. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports. (Published Sunday, Aug 17, 2014)

    Shopping bags in hand, hundreds of children got ready for school in a last minute shopping spree hosted by the Style Saves organization.

    "Return to school is usually a very hectic moment with a lot of expenses," said parent Amanda Diaz. "You're already coming back from summer vacations where you already spend a lot of money."

    But money wasn't needed here today. Free uniforms, shoes, accessories and even haircuts were provided at this 2-day back to school event with a special appearance by the superintendent.

    "this is about collectively putting kids on our shoulder and having them perform better, live better and be happier," said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

    Style Saves services a number of different organizations, including Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lotus House and the Irie Foundation.

    This is the fourth year Style Saves has hosted an event for low-income children in the community. This year the number of kids they were able to help doubled, totaling more than 600.

    "I'm very happy cause this is wonderful," said parent Gwendolyn Pierce. "Thank you! Thank you!"

    Although most of the room featured school essentials, the children took in one last breath of summer fun. The complimentary eye exam booth was also a main attraction for kids in need of frames and lenses.

    After a day of pampering and hand-picking looks from their personal department store, many said they are ready to kick off the school year in style.

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