Special Needs Shopping Day at Boscov's

Event provides life skills lesson for teens

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- With the start of Hanukkah one week away and Christmas less than three weeks, the holiday shopping days are numbered. Some shoppers with special needs got to fill their lists on Tuesday with some extra helping hands.

Trying to pick out the perfect holiday gift can be a struggle. "Finding something is a little confusing," said Aaron McGuire. It's not the only struggle the Wyoming Valley West senior experiences. He is among students enrolled in Luzerne Intermediate Unit's learning support program participating in Boscov's "Special Needs Shopping Day". 

"It just means so much. You know, you don't see this happen too often with retail stores like this," said Luzerne Intermediate Unit Emotional Support Teacher Melissa Robinson. The special needs students in her care receive whatever help they need to navigate through the aisles. The experience provides an important life skills lesson. "I actually help them with some of the goals they have as far as shopping and spending money and what it really means and how to budget," said Ms. Robinson.

14-year-old student shopper Heather Avery browsed the the third floor and picked out several presents. "I get to shop for my family for Christmas and Christmas is my favorite time of year," she said. This time of year wouldn't be complete without a visit with Santa which dozens of special guest shoppers enjoyed at the event.

Boscov staffers say this special needs shopping day has been going on for 36 years. And while there are certainly plenty of special needs students, some of these shoppers are special needs seniors. They all got to enjoy snacks, refreshments and lunch and when they were done shopping they even got free wrapping. Nearly a dozen student volunteers from Coughlin and Meyers High Schools helped the cause in any way they can. Meyers High School senior Victoria Collum said, "I think it's nice to like help them shop because I know sometimes it's hard with in a loud, bright environment." Coughlin High School junior Mikayla Cook added, "We need to get out in the community more and help people that can't help themselves."

Boscov's also gave special needs shoppers a 15 percent courtesy discount on their purchases. 
 


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