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A back-to-school shopping spree of a very special kind

Many low-income youth across the Valley have to start school without even the most basic necessities: a backpack, socks without holes and properly fitting clothes and shoes. But every year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Back-to-School Shopping event helps to ensure that some of these kids get the basics so they can enter the classroom confident and ready to learn.

More than 100 kids from all 12 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix locations are selected to attend based on their level of need and outstanding character. During the event, kids are paired with a board member who will take them to dinner and shopping for new clothes, shoes and necessities for the new school year. Each participant will also receive a new backpack stuffed full of school supplies.

Each child goes home with a minimum of $250 worth of clothing and supplies.

Here are some scenes from prior years’ events:

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This year’s shopping event will be help from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Paradise Valley Mall- JCPenney, 4568 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Every year, thousands of children benefit from youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through our 12 clubhouses, dental clinic and outreach programs. Visit bgcmp.org for more information.


Operation Backpack nets movie tickets for participants

Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Suns.

The Phoenix Suns, in partnership with Harkins Theatres and Coca-Cola, will host “Operation: Backpack” today (Aug. 6) and tomorrow (Aug. 7). The campaign, one of the Suns’ Operation Orange community outreach programs, will supply backpacks and school supplies to Communities in Schools, an organization that works to keep Valley youth in school.

Fans will receive two free Ultimate VIP admission tickets to a Harkins movie of their choice for a backpack donation filled with school supplies including crayons, spiral notebooks, pencils and glue sticks.

Suns alumni, The Gorilla and members of the Suns Dancers and APS Solar Squad will be on hand to thank and interact with fans. Locations and times:

Saturday, Aug. 6:

Harkins Chandler Crossroads
2980 E. Germann Rd., Chandler

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Harkins Scottsdale 101
7000 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix

Sunday, August 7:

Harkins Park West
9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria

Operation Orange is the new outreach campaign giving fans an opportunity to interact with the Phoenix Suns and the community through family-friendly events, activities, social media campaigns and charitable causes. Learn about other Operation Orange events.

Shop for a cause

If your family is in the market for some new electronics, Friday, May 27 is the day to shop!

Best Buy stores in Scottsdale will be hosting the second annual Customer Appreciation Day to benefit cancer research, in association with Mirabel Hope for the Cause. A percentage of the store’s earnings for the day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., will support the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, which has conducted research and provided cancer care since 2001.

Special pricing will be available on items throughout the store.

Participating Best Buy stores are located at 15448 N. Pima Rd. and 10330 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale. — Sadie Smeck

New Coats for Kids Drive

Valley firefighters will be volunteering their time for their annual “New Coats for Kids Drive” today from 6am to 7pm at Desert Ridge Marketplace, outside Wolfley’s Neighborhood Grill. Firefighters Community Charities has pledged $2,000 worth of new coats to start off the campaign.

You can help by bringing new coats, sweatshirts, and jackets for children living in Valley shelters. The biggest need is sizes for infants to age 12.

While you’re there, enter to win a 2011 Custom Bourget Motorcycle (valued at $65,000) that will be given away on April 4.