20 Jackson students receive back-to-school shopping spree

Twenty local students got an early start on their preparation for school last Thursday. They were part of a group of 12,000 school kids nationwide that received an $80 Target GiftCard to purchase school supplies. The program, co-sponsored by The Salvation Army and Target, assisted the K-12 students across the country to "gear up" for the upcoming academic year. "Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, was awarded an $80 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies so they are ready to succeed in school with the Target School Spree," a spokesperson said. "Each child was given a reusable Target shopping bag and was paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping." The event was held between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Jackson Crossing Target store in Jackson. "Education is at the heart of Target's giving and the Target School Spree is one way that Target acts locally to help kids learn and schools teach, paving a path to graduation," a spokesperson said. "As part of the Target School Spree, Target awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army Divisions nationwide a total of $1 million in Target GiftCards and in-kind contributions for the shopping sprees. The spokesperson noted that nearly 500 Target stores participated in the one-day Target School Spree event in select regions across the country. "Each $80 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program provides a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn." 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,755stores 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 five 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. Published: Mon, Aug 1, 2011

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