PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of kids shopped for warm clothes and presents during the recent annual Christmas for Kids”event at the Hollywood Fred Meyer in Portland.

The annual fundraiser pairs kids in need with volunteer shoppers, armed with $150 gift cards for each child and a $50 gift card for each sibling.

Sponsors like Columbia were on hand to give the kids free jackets, warm shirts and hats.

This year, four students at Woodlawn Elementary School participated in the event.

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Tianna Sly runs the Self Enhancement Inc. Sun School program at Woodlawn and chose the students for the event.

“This was a dream come true for some of these kids. These kids were made to feel extra special, welcomed with open arms. This is an experience they’ll never forget,” said Sly.

Zanobia, a third grader at Woodlawn, was paired with volunteer shopper Brenda Martinek, an administrator with Portland Public Schools.

“There are so many kids that don’t even think about prices or their siblings and she was thinking about both. She said it’s about family and that just warms your heart,” said Martinek.

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