Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

MEDIA ALERT · FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Kimberly George · Director of Marketing and Development Email for Info
Sarah VanNevel · Target Corporation

July 24, 2013

Twenty-Three Chattanooga Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

WHAT: On July 30, twenty-three local students in need will have the opportunity to visit the Gunbarrel Road 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 twenty-three K-12 students across the city gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, preselected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 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: 23 Local Preselected Students, Salvation Army Volunteers, Officers and Staff

WHEN: July 30, at 8:00 AM

WHERE: Target Get Directions*
1816 Gunbarrel Road
423-490-1418
*Media are invited to call the store directly to arrange a visit.

SUMMARY: Since 2009, Target has sponsored Target School Sprees to help prepare children for the first day of school. As part the Target School Spree program, Target has awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target Gift Cards and transportation costs. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select regions across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard 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 the end of 2015.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,832 stores – 1,784 in the United States and 48 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week.

For more information about Target's commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporate responsibility