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.
Target Executive Offices