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900 volunteers needed for annual shopping spree

By: Staff Report
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Event details

What: Annual Holiday Shopping Spree

When: 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1

Where: Kohl’s, 10375 Fairway Drive, Roseville

Info: tommyafund.com

Placer County nonprofit Tommy Apostolos Fund is seeking 900 volunteers to accompany nearly 600 local, underserved children on a holiday shopping spree for new clothes, shoes and winter essentials.

The organization’s annual event kicks off Roseville’s holiday season on Dec. 1.  The community event is made possible through the generosity of Kohl’s, volunteers, community donors and corporate sponsors.  

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the nonprofit Tommy Apostolos Fund works directly with Roseville City School District teachers and administrators who refer students needing added support.

This year, the number of children identified by district schools has grown more than 20 percent over the previous year.

“To know that we have over 100 kids more than last year who could benefit from taking part in the shopping spree makes us even more grounded in our mission to serve these students,” said Tommy Apostolos executive director Hallie Romero.

The students, their families and hundreds of volunteers will line up before daybreak to shop ahead of Kohl’s normal business hours. Two volunteers are paired with each student. Then the trio, with $130 collected through donations, fundraising and dividends from the organization’s endowment fund, strolls through the children’s clothing and shoe aisles for winter essentials.

“The gift of time means the world to these kids. You can see it on their faces. By the end of the morning,” Romero said, “our volunteers will have made a huge impact on the lives of children who need a little extra holiday cheer. That’s the spirit of giving.”

Those interested in volunteering can visit the Tommy Apostolos website at tommyafund.com and complete the release form. Volunteers must be over age 18.

Community members can also support the Holiday Shopping Spree with a monetary donation submitted to tommyafund.com/donate.