Shopping spree for local needy children

November 11, 2008 11:37:05 AM PST
Dozens of needy children received an early holiday present on Tuesday in Santa Monica.The 24th annual Shopping Spree is sponsored by the Salvation Army and the Sears store in Santa Monica.

About 80 children between the ages of 5 and 12 each got to take home $100 worth of merchandise and even got a visit from Santa.

The Salvation Army says in this tight economy, it's especially difficult for needy families to purchase clothes and shoes for children.