With summer more than halfway over, parents (maybe) and children (definitely) are reluctantly turning their thoughts to preparation for the impending school year. As you hit up those back-to-school sales and stock up on Hello Kitty clothes, Spider-man shoes and Frozen backpacks, take a moment to consider the child whose parents can't afford such luxuries. 

The Apple Tree Campaign is a program that collects new back-to-school clothing and gear for more than 100 children living in the Road Home, a Salt Lake family homeless shelter, and just launched at 33 retail locations throughout the Wasatch Front.

How it works: as you hit up shops like Old Navy, DownEast, Payless Shoe Source, the Salt Lake area Staples, and Intrepid, you'll have the opportunity to select an apple with the name of a child from the shelter and buy a needed back-to-school item for him or her.

The new and unused item can be donated at any of the 33 campaign partner locations from Orem to Ogden.

The campaign closes Aug. 11, after which the clothing and supplies will be delivered before the school year begins. Through The Road Home Apple Tree, over 23,000 articles of clothing and school supplies have been donated to more than 650 children living in the Road Home shelter.

Share just a little of your time and money to help a child get the education they deserve. 

For more information about the program and to donate money, visit theroadhomeappletree.com