Back-to-school pop-up shop helps disadvantaged kids

Hundreds of kids from across Essex County were treated to a free shopping spree Sunday courtesy of the Essex County branch of the National Council

The store allows kids to shop for free backpacks, sneakers and other school supplies and clothing.

The store allows kids to shop for free backpacks, sneakers and other school supplies and clothing. (7/31/16)

WEST ORANGE - Hundreds of kids from across Essex County were treated to a free shopping spree Sunday courtesy of the Essex County branch of the National Council of Jewish Women.

"We created this pop-up department store for economically disadvantaged children in Essex County who have been identified by social service agencies," said organizer Shari Harrison of the back-to-school store in West Orange.

Each kid was paired with an adult volunteer to help them get what they needed.

"Such a rewarding experience and the kids' smiles on their faces," said volunteer Danielle Kurlander. "It made it so important that this is how they will start their school year off."

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