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JC Penny's Southland Mall
Hayward, CA 94545
United States of America


Child Spree is our community service project that has provided much needed clothing and backpacks to disadvantaged K-8 school-aged children in Hayward. The stats from HUSD say that over 70% of Hayward public school students fall into that category. The Hayward Rotary Club is the key partner in raising funds and coordinating this annual event, which has supported children and families in our community for eighteen years.

Child Spree is a unique hands-on project for children in Hayward who are in need. The 100 youth are selected by HPD’s Child and Protective Services to participate in a two-hour morning shopping spree for back to school clothes. The morning of the event, the child is partnered with a chaperone, who assists in choosing new clothing, which empowers the student to start the new school year on a positive note. After shopping, the children receive a backpack and school supplies to equip them further for school.  The event starts at 7 AM and is over by the time the mall opens!

In 2019 we were excited to partner for a sixth year in a row with JC Penny at Hayward's Southland Mall. Through community sponsorships and donations, we were able to raise about $125 per child to enable us to help elementary and junior high school children receive much needed school clothing and supplies.

In 2021, we will again be partnering with JC Penny's.  This year because of Covid issues, we are allowing a parent to take the child shopping.  However, there will be a lot of kids who will need an adult personal shopper chaperone, and for that job and others, we need the community to volunteer their time that Saturday morning.  Other jobs will include crowd control, calculator monitors, and backpack distributors.

Please sign up to volunteer for this fabulous event ASAP, so I don't have a nervous breakdown worrying about volunteers!  Yes, I know it's early in the morning, but for the past 7 Child Sprees, I personally have been up at 5:30 to be there at 6:30, and it didn't kill me.  The rewards are greater than the pain! My husband will swear that I never get up before nine....except for Child Spree!

In a perfect world, there will be 30+ Rotarians, the Cal State East Bay Women's Soccer Team, and a lot of community members. I'm going to plan for 90 volunteers, and you can be one of them!

This will be a very special Child Spree because these kids haven't been in a classroom for nearly 18 months. Can you imagine how cool they will feel on their first day of school in the spiffy new clothes?!

Thank you for signing up on the Volunteer List right now!! Please tell me your full name, email, and phone number.

Valerie Caveglia