Area Target stores grant children of need back-to-school shopping sprees

By: Danielle Eickenhorst, Content Specialist, Midland Division

The first shoppers through the doors of the Edwardsville,Ill., Target store on August 2 were an eager group of children and their parents and chaperones from The Salvation Army’s Granite City Worship & Community Center. Target Stores have generously afforded these children and others like them in the Midland Division a back-to-school shopping spree to ensure they have the school supplies and clothing they need in time for the start of school.

As the children met in the parking lot that morning, excitedly awaiting the opening of the store, they were each given an $85 gift card by Major Nancy Lowder, along with a pep talk. “Target has been generous enough to afford you all the opportunity to get the things you need to start this school year, so don’t forget underwear,” she joked.

Grateful parents escorted their children through the store, gathering supplies and clothing for their children. One parent, Snowwhite James, lamented, “The school districts have recently put the burden of uniforms and $70 calculators on the parents. This opportunity really helps with that burden.”

Another mother, Eanista Bailey, shopped with her children Nehemiah and Zekiah and said, “Without this, my kids wouldn’t have had school supplies in time for the start of school. I am a substitute teacher, and my husband recently started a new job, and with our budget, it would not have been possible to send them with the things they need in time for the start of school.”

“Education is at the heart of Target’s giving and the Target School Spree is one way that we help kids learn and schools teach, paving a path to graduation,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “By partnering with The Salvation Army, Target is giving kids in-need the tools necessary to show up to school ready to learn and succeed.”

The Salvation Army has long been a champion of education, hosting both adult and child education programs at local corps community centers, serving more than 100,000 individuals through these programs in the Midland Division in 2010 alone. The Salvation Army is thankful for the generosity shown by Target in granting 300 children inMissouriandIllinoisand more than 12,000 nationwide the opportunity to start the school year off on the right foot.

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