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Saturday, August 06, 2005 

Salvation Army Back To School Volunteer

So I spent Saturday morning helping the youth of Santa Clara County go shopping for Back To School. This is my 2nd year doing it. Basically you get there about 7am and then you get matched up with a little kid. You then get $100 gift certificate to shop for clothing. The Salvation Army provides a list of the child's size and if there is a uniform requirement. I was matched up with a little 5 year old Vietnamese girl. She was very shy and didn't speak much. I tried my best to entertain her, but it didnj't quite work, so I basically stuck to the script and went shopping. We picked up a pair of Nikes, 3 tops, 2 pairs of pants, socks and underwear for $100.22. Not too bad. Some other people managed to do a better job shopping than I did. I went with Stef and she managed to get her little girl a bunch of clothes for less than $100. Anyways, even though it was a 1 day volunteer thing, I think I made a difference.

Now I have to decide if I want to commit to Big Brothers Big Sisters again for 05-06.