In all fairness, a reply from Target

December 1st, 2007

I have gotten several e-mails regarding Target contributing back to their local communities. Although I am still “peeved” that Salvation Army can no longer post in front of their stores, my eyes were opened to what they do for the community. Target, I stand corrected. Here is the letter I received today in response to my e-mail (I voiced my frustration regarding the lack of Salvation Army presence).

RE: Sad that you banned Salvation Army
Date: December 1, 2007 2:41:20 PM CST

Subject: Salvation Army

Dear Target guest,

Although we don’t allow bell ringers or the placement of kettles outside of our stores, our support of The Salvation Army continues. Target works with the Salvation Army throughout the year, helping communities we serve in time of disaster such as the California wildfires. For more information, please visit www.target.com/salvationarmy.

Because of guest demand, we’re again offering an exclusive “Salvation Army Angel Ornament” online and in stores; all profits from the sale of this ornament go to The Salvation Army. New this year, we’ve created an exclusive Salvation Army Christmas CD: $2 from every purchase will benefit The Salvation Army. Target has also provided a direct donation to the Salvation Army of $1,000,000 dollars.

Target supports the work of many faith-based organizations, including The Salvation Army, by providing grants for non-religious purposes. Here are some grant examples Target provided to local Salvation Army offices in 2007:

– The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, ‘Target Read’ –Richmond, Virginia
– The Salvation Army, Brevard County Domestic Violence Program — Cocoa, Florida
– The Salvation Army, Kids2Kamp (K2k) Program — Fayetteville, North Carolina
– Salvation Army, a California Corporation, Read to Me –Torrance California
– The Salvation Army, School of Performing Arts — Garland, Texas

In addition, our partnership with The Salvation Army is further extended year-round through our mutual work on disaster relief initiatives. In 2007 we donated funds to The Salvation Army during the 35W Bridge collapse in Minneapolis; helped flood victims in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Minnesota; tornado victims in Americus, Georgia and Greensburg, Kansas; and wildfire victims in California.

If you’d like to donate to The Salvation Army personally, just call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Thanks for taking the time to share your questions, thoughts and comments.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Hanson
Target Executive Offices

guest.relations@target.com

5 Responses to “In all fairness, a reply from Target”

  1. jjabl Says:

    Target is not alone in this ‘banning’ of bell ringers. It has been happening for years now. I have to go looking for bell ringers anymore. And most of the time they are not ringing anymore. People who don’t want to be reminded that they should give to the poor protested that they were ‘annoying’ them. Just like no prayer in schools, the loudest mouths are the ones who don’t participate and therefore think no one should be allowed to do that with their child present.
    We have the tradition that we started when my son was very small. When we find money on the ground anywhere, it goes into a ‘mission’ fund. We used to collect all year long and then find a bell ringer. My son was so happy to hear the change dropping into the metal bucket. We usually would try and find more than one bucket and divide up the money. They let my son ring the bell so it was very special to him to do this.
    We still collect any money found on the floor. My son knows that the found money really is not ours – we pass it on to a good cause. The causes have varied over the years too. This year he wants to give the money to the boxes at McDonald’s. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I hope and pray that this one little way of giving stays with him for the rest of his life.

  2. Brotha Man Says:

    It is pronounced TarJay… its a french word meaning to swindle with the sales of bad merchandise. I shall use it in a sentence.

    I purchased Gato-rad-eh at Tarjay.

    see?

  3. Shan Says:

    ROFLAO…we call it “TarJay” as well. LOL Honestly, unless they are GIVING something away, I don’t shop there. There is something about a store that has 30 check out lines that is strangely intimidating to me. I also am not a big fan of the “check yourself out” lines. Those are the places to take items that are on clearance or sale. They NEVER ring up right.

    Want to terrorize a TarJay employee? Tell them that something you are buying is on clearance when it doesn’t ring up that way. You can see their eyes twitch in a strange way and they start having smoke coming out of their ears. You will probably hear their programmed response of “It isn’t ringing up on sale. I will need to get a manager.” Ah…so much fun!

  4. Kris Says:

    Has anyone had a bad experience with a Target pharmacy? I’d like to hear about it. In my experience, they made numerous mistakes with giving out medications, then refused to take responsiblity for their errors, even when the Dr. office had to call them and correct them. Meanwhile, the patient is left without medication for days and goes into a health emergency and requires ER. The pharmasist techs and even the pharmacists-in my experience- are discurteous, lack any concern for depriving a pt. of his crucial meds and putting that pt. at risk of heart attack or stroke etc…

    I think I might have to sue.

  5. Shan Says:

    Sorry, I haven’t heard anything like that. Our family has always used Walgreens.

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