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Boys Rancher's Shopping Spree

A more than 4 decade tradition lives on.
Some youngsters from Cal Farley's Boys Ranch hit the mall, ready to fill their carts.

All thanks the Panhandle-Area Lions Club.

Chairman of the event James Anderson says, "it gives them a chance to choose for themselves what clothes they have.  It gives them a chance to spend some one on one time with an adult who thinks that they're important  and worth something.  That's part of this too."

The Lions Club says this event is a great example of the type of continued generousity that helps Cal Farley's Boys Ranch provide these kids with everything they need

For one little boy, a new coat from the mall did more than just warm his back.

"I think it's cool that they're donating clothes to us.  They would go out of their way to do this for us."

The Lions Club has accepted donations all year for this day, and Boys Ranch officials say the kids have been looking forward to it.

Robert Marshall says, "well, they have a list that they've made up.  There house parents have helped them come up with items that they really need."

"A coat, dress pants, dress shirt, t-shirt, socks, and boxers."

Some of the kids were involved in the event last year, but for some others it was the first time to have experience shopping at a store like Sears.

Marshall tells us, "the kids enjoy it and we're very thankful for it."

This is the 42nd year for the event.

This year the shoppers were 11 years old and younger.

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