Local 'deserving' kids go on unforgettable Christmas shopping spree

FRESNO, Calif. - 'Tis the season to shop! Big Brothers, Big Sisters teamed up with Projekt15 Media and Marshalls to give 40 kids in the Central Valley the opportunity for a shopping spree.

It's all part of their "give a little to help a little" campaign.

At Marshalls, the Littles had the opportunity to shop for their families and themselves for items they might not otherwise receive this holiday season.

"You guys were chosen for a special reason," said a Big Brothers, Big Sisters organizer.

With more than a thousand Littles in the Central Valley Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, 40 of them in need, got the chance to go on a special shopping spree.

But first, they rode over in style with help of a stretch limo.

The Littles were greeted by Santa, their families and employees at a Marshalls in Fresno.

"Fun," said a Little.

"It's really awesome," another Little exclaimed.

"I was kind of surprised," said another Little.

Each Little received gift card of a $150 to buy Christmas presents.

"These children are truly deserving of this," Diane Phakonekham, executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central California, said.

From shoes to clothes, even a toy or two. Littles perused the racks up and down the aisles.

"It's heavy," said a Little as she carried her bag full of presents.

Looking for those must needed items of what might be their only Christmas gifts.

Clothes at the top of the list for many.

"I need these things because we don't have that much clothes," a Little said.

Kayla Regalado said she's beyond thankful that her children were able to take part in the event.

"It was really such a blessing to our family," Regalado said.

Of course Big Brothers, Big Sisters said they could not of held a shopping spree without their partners and the community.

"We want to give a special thanks to all our donors out there that truly supported this event, it's people in the community that have a really great heart that made this possible," Phakonekham said.

The Littles said they are grateful too.

"Thank you Marshalls for letting me buy this stuff," a Little said.

"Thank you Big Brothers, Big Sisters," exclaimed the Littles.

For more information on how you can help a Little this season, visit: http://www.bigs.org

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