(From Torrington Spree.)
Over 300 Connecticut and Rhode Island Students
Back-to-School Shopping Sprees
Thanks to Target and The Salvation Army
CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND - On August 14, 2013, over 300
K-12 students from both states had the opportunity to shop at nearby Target
stores for school supplies, clothing, and other must-have, back-to-school
2009, the Target School Spree has helped kids from across the country, selected
by The Salvation Army, gear up for the academic year. Each child received an
$81 Target Gift Card to purchase school supplies.
(From Meriden Spree.)
Across The Salvation Army's Southern New England Division,
17 Salvation Army locations partnered with 13 local Target stores to bring
their selected children on Target School Sprees. Children came from Bridgeport,
Hartford, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New London,
Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, Willimantic,
and other surrounding towns.
(From Willimantic Spree.)
One of the participating Salvation Army locations in
Connecticut, Northwest Hills, had an amazing response to its Target School
Sprees. Shopping sprees at this Target in Torrington benefitted 32 local
were made possible with careful planning, helpful volunteers, and terrific
staff from both The Salvation Army and Target.
(From Greater Hartford
After the last child finished shopping with his volunteer
in Torrington, Major Scott Harvey, Northwest Hills Officer, reflected on those
served that day, "They were all very grateful to Target and The Salvation Army
for the ability to choose from the excellent selection available to them.
Furthermore, the great prices surprised many children and volunteers, as they
allowed them to buy more items than they had originally expected."
(From Middletown Spree.)
As evidenced in part by the pictures of smiling children
throughout the division, such positive responses were
unanimous throughout all participating locations. Children left happy, knowing
that they would have everything they needed to start the school year. They left
more confident and excited for the school year ahead, parents could not thank
The Salvation Army and Target staff enough, and volunteers felt honored to be a
part of such a wonderful partnership. Even more pictures can be found on our
divisional Facebook page.
(From New London Spree.)
As part of the Target School Spree program, Target has
The Salvation Army $1 million nationwide to cover Target Gift Cards and
transportation costs. Recipients of the shopping sprees were
identified from the hundreds of youth programs the Army operates across the
country. Each $81 Target Gift Card provided a child with the supplies
needed for the new school year. 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.