The annual sales tax holiday created to help parents save money on back-to-school supplies and clothing ends when stores throughout the state close for business tomorrow.
Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend this weekend.
But it’s not only those headed back to school who benefit from the tax holiday. Many Hood County families use the opportunity to help other children in need.
“We are so blessed in this country, but a lot of kids don’t have schools to go to at all, or socks to wear to them, or even pencils or notepads to write with,” said Louise Dittrich of Granbury.
Dittrich is one of thousands of volunteers nationwide who serves with Operation Christmas Child, which delivered nearly 9.9 million gift-filled shoeboxes last year in more than 100 countries to children struggling from war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. The shoebox gifts included toys, school supplies and basic hygiene items.
Dittrich will be one of the many area volunteers assisting at drop-off sites in mid-November during the annual nationwide drive that is operated by Samaritan’s Purse. She urges local residents to purchase supplies now while they are plentiful, on sale and free from taxation.
A full list detailing which apparel and school supplies may be purchased tax free can be found on the State Comptroller’s website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.
For additional information on the gift shoebox program, visit samaritanspurse.org.