Back to school planning is in full gear as the summer draws to a close.
For families struggling to make ends meet, buying school supplies sometimes isn't possible.
That's why Target and the Salvation Army teamed up to help out.
On Tuesday morning, 12 kids were pre-selected and invited to target for a big gift.
Each child was given an $80 gift card to help buy their school supplies.
The kids were chosen through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program list of participants.
"It allows these families to then use those funds they would otherwise use for back to school, to pay bills, to provide food for their tables," Lt. Stephen Correira, with the Odessa Salvation Army, said.
"They don't always have that opportunity to go on a shopping spree so it has really pumped them up and our goal is to get them excited for school, not dread school," Target Store Manager, Lisa Bennet, said.
12,000 children across the nation are getting free back to school goods from Target.