SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The Heartland took to shopping this weekend and took advantage of the tax-free weekend.
JCPenney's in Sikeston had a plethora amount of people shopping on Saturday as they participated in the tax-free weekend. JCPenney's in Sikeston Store Manager Germaine Kirk said they also partnered with other organizations to bring together a financial, health and child safety fair.
Among the organizations present, Buffalo Wild Wings gave out 750 wings, Jay's provided food for many, Sikeston Police made and appearance and others as well.
"We've got Focus Bank down here helping people open up accounts, we've got the Red Cross, the local clinic, we've got free giveaways of fun merchandise," Kirk said. "We just have a lot going on. That's not even the beginning of it all."
One organization came from Memphis, Tenn. to educate children on Money Management to help them focus on saving money early.
Personnel from the Memphis organization "Everyone Can Save" said their goal is to develop a good mindset in the minds of children of managing their money through workshops.
"How you think about money as a child is how you think about money as an adult," Everyone Can Save CFO Janet Green said. "Setting the foundation right now is going to help them to be able to be a success financially."
As far as the tax-free sales, JCPenney's Store Manager Germaine Kirk said they implemented multiple sales on top of the tax-free and said it's great to be able to save money for so many people.
"We're extremely busy in a wonderful way," Kirk said. "We have tax free. We have our $10 bonus bucks for every $50 that you pick out. You're going to earn a $10 reward to come back. We've got an addition 50% off of clearance which right now we are the only store in the company who has an additional 50% off. So that's another good draw to bring people in and get their money's worth."
Shoppers like Linda Smith said she is going to take advantage of the tax-free sales and will shop a lot this weekend.
"It helps," Smith said. "Since they're in college it really helps with books and tuition."
In addition to all the companies and organizations coming together, around 200 backpacks were also given away for those in need to help with gathering school supplies.
"We had a lot of backpacks to help again with families," Kirk added. "I think everybody wants to get their penny's worth when they go shopping. My family is they way. I know each of my customers is that way so whatever we can do to accommodate with back to school, that's what we want to do."
The tax-free weekend will continue through Sunday at participating locations.