TARGET LETS SPECIAL FOLKS BEAT CROWDS; SENIORS, DISABLED GET TO SHOP WITHOUT HURRY.Byline: Sylvia L. Oliande Daily News Staff Writer
Ruby and Julian Meadows, flush from a full morning of Christmas gift shopping for their six grandchildren GRANDCHILDREN, domestic relations. The children of one's children. Sometimes these may claim bequests given in a will to children, though in general they can make no such claim. 6 Co. 16. , clutched the last few toys on their list and made their way to the cash register at the Target store in Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. .
Having been through the store a few days earlier, they knew exactly what they wanted and had the freedom to take their time finding it, even as the holiday rush drew near.
The couple, both 71, and hundreds of other shoppers were taking advantage of a 25-year-old Target tradition.
Employees closed the doors to the public and opened the store to seniors and the disabled for two hours so they could look for gifts, free of the crowds and the frenzy of holiday shopping. They also get a 10 percent discount on merchandise.
``We came because it's just more fun to shop with your peers,'' Ruby Meadows said. ``We can just sit at the tables in the front and talk and catch up. It's a good day to visit with friends.''
She and her husband said the sale really kicks off their holiday - and their early reconnaissance trip allows them to arrive at the store at 8 a.m. with a plan.
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partake, share the other offerings of the morning, such as taking pictures with Santa and his helpers and listening as carolers from nearby White Oak Elementary School elementary school: see school. sing holiday songs.
Target sent out invitations to more than 60 service groups, schools and senior centers throughout Simi Valley, Moorpark and the Conejo Valley The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by . Event coordinators said the shoppers are pretty well split between seniors and the disabled.
Many shoppers tooled around the store in wheelchairs, saying they were grateful to be able to maneuver in the aisles without the large holiday crowds.
And members of the Association of Retarded Citizens walked around in groups with helpers, picking out jewelry jewelry, personal adornments worn for ornament or utility, to show rank or wealth, or to follow superstitious custom or fashion.
The most universal forms of jewelry are the necklace, bracelet, ring, pin, and earring. and toys for themselves and for family members.
``It's fun helping the mentally handicapped,'' said Kim Whitney, a Target employee who has coordinated the event for seven years. ``They're very sure of what they want and they certainly know what they don't want.''
A special-education teacher from Garden Grove Garden Grove, city (1990 pop. 143,050), Orange co., S Calif., a suburb of Long Beach and Los Angeles, on the Santa Ana River; founded 1877, inc. 1956. Many of its residents work in nearby aerospace and defense installations, and there is light manufacturing. Elementary School said her students were having a great time on their annual trip to the store to shop for their families, and generally will make a day of it.
``The kids really look forward to this,'' said Linda Panattoni, as some of her students stood in line to take pictures. ``We (special-education teachers) all come out, then do something with the kids after.''
This year, several sixth-graders from White Oak Elementary also helped out in the toy department, ready to assist seniors who were shopping for their grandchildren.
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PHOTO (1--Color) From left, Ellen Gambins helps Tim Hreha and Candice Haywood while they shop.
(2-3--Color) Instructional aides Pat Lotz, above left, and Sandra Blackwell push 11-year-olds Chelsea Leahde, second from left, in a cart during a holiday shopping party Wednesday at the Target store in Simi Valley. Renee Jones, left, pushes Irene Russell's wheelchair while pulling a shopping cart full of toys.