Tampa, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2012
WHAT: On July 24, 2012, more than 50 local students in need will have the opportunity to visit a Target store to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping K-12 students in Tampa Bay gear-up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.
WHO: Local Tampa Bay Area Students and The Salvation Army Volunteers
WHEN: July 24, 2012 8:30-10:00 a.m.
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SUMMARY: The Target School Spree is one way that Target acts locally to help kids learn and schools teach, paving a path to graduation. As part of the Target School Spree, Target awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army Divisions nationwide a total of $1 million in Target Gift Cards and in-kind contributions for the shopping sprees. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 16 and September 15 in select regions across the country. Each $80 Target Gift Card awarded as part of the program will provide a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn. Through programs like the Target School Sprees, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by 2015.
QUOTES: “The Target School Spree is a great opportunity to help students in need prepare for the new school year,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “Each year, we look forward to teaming up with The Salvation Army to provide students with the back-to-school supplies they need to have a successful school year and stay on the path to graduation.”
“New supplies, including pencils, paper, notebooks and clothing, provide students with a fresh and positive start to the school year,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Target and The Salvation Army are working together and making sure thousands of students in need throughout the country are equipped with new back-to-school supplies.”
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.
For local information on The Salvation Army in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida visit http://www.salvationarmytampabay.org.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at 1,763 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.