Sandpipers Back-to-School Shopping Event

August 23, 2019

Sandpipers, the South Bay’s largest philanthropic organization, hosted their annual Back-to-School Shopping Event on Sunday at Kohl’s in Torrance.

The event benefited 73 underprivileged youth in the South Bay. Each pre-selected child was referred by 10 local nonprofit partner agencies and paired with a member of Sandpipers and Sandpiper Juniors who assisted them with selecting and purchasing school clothes, shoes, uniforms, and supplies valued at over $275 per child.

The continued support of this program is made possible by Kohl’s, which opened their doors before normal business hours, provided staff for the event, and gave our shoppers an additional 20 percent off and no sales tax. Additionally, Sandpipers donated backpacks loaded with school supplies for each student.

“Back-to-School Shopping program started in 1999 and continues to be a favorite amongst our membership,” said Sandpipers Philanthropy Vice President, Joyce Chaput. It is a special day where the membership gets to see their fundraising dollars at work, making a direct impact in the lives of those in need who working hard to overcome challenges.”

Sandpipers President, Natalie Radtke added, “It was so heartwarming to look around the event and see so many smiling faces, not only from the children, but from the Sandpipers and Kohl’s employees alike. It’s a wonderful event that we are proud to host each year!”

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