Salvation Army of Kalamazoo takes kids for Back-to-School Shopping Spree at Target
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THANK YOU IS IN ORDER FOR TARGET, LOCAL DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Salvation Army of Kalamazoo took 26 Kalamazoo County area students to the Target store on West Main Street for some back-to-school shopping on Tuesday, August 6th. Target stores provided the twenty one (21) – $80 gift cards. Other local donors helped provide the funding to take 5 additional students shopping and gave each student an extra $5 to spend.
Staff and TSA volunteers participated as chaperones and assistants to make sure that the kids got the most from their $85 gift cards.
“New clothes, backpacks, lunch boxes, binders, etc., give children a fresh and positive start to the new school year,” Craig Smith, director of development and volunteers for the Salvation Army, said in a news release. “This event helps encourage kids to think for themselves, stay within a budget and to give them a chance to spend time with someone that really believes in them.”
Nationally, Target has awarded The Salvation Army $1 million dollars in gift cards for 2013, which will assist approximately 12,000 children with back to school necessities. Nearly 500 Target stores are participating in the Target Shopping Spree events being held between July 15 and August 15 in select parts of the country. This event is a part of Targets overall pledge to give $1 billion in support of education by the end of 2015.
The Salvation Army is grateful to be included in this “Back to School” partnership, which began in 2009. “We are honored and blessed to have the support of Target Stores once again this year to help get students ready for school.”, says Major Keith Welch, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Kalamazoo.Share this on... ... or email it to your friends.