Target donates more than $26,000 to Salvation Army for back-to-school

At Least 300 students Will ‘Shop With A Cop’ During One-Day event At 11 Washington Stores

SEATTLE, WA (Aug. 2, 2009) – Students throughout the Puget Sound will set loose through 11 Target stores next week, thanks to $26,400 worth of gift cards provided to The Salvation Army. Each student, from Kindergarten through 12th grades, will receive an $80 card to buy back-to-school clothes and supplies. Law enforcement officials, firefighters and other volunteers will serve as chaperones. The Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Departments are teaming up at one location, with SPD Interim Chief John Diaz and King County Sheriff Sue Rahr. Other locations will also have the top brass in attendance to assist the students.

        Now in it’s second year, the back-to-school program will happen at the same time, same day, at hundreds of stores nationwide. Target awarded just under $1 million to Salvation Army divisions to help ensure the kids will have what they need to start the school year.

What:  $1 million in Target gift cards donated nationwide, including $26,400 to the NW Salvation Army for 330 kids to ‘shop with a cop’ for back-to-school clothes and supplies

When: Tues., Aug. 10, 2010
        8 – 11 AM

Where/Who:

  • West Seattle Target (30 students), 2800 SW Barton St. Seattle, WA (The Salvation Army Spokesperson will be at this location)

        Chaperones: Seattle Police Interim Police Chief John Diaz, King County Sheriff Sue Rahr, other SPD officers and King County Sheriff deputies

  • Northgate Target (30 students), 302 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA

        Chaperones: Seattle Police Officers

  • Kent Target (30 students), 26301 104th Ave SE., Kent, WA

        Chaperones: Kent Police Officers

  • Renton Target (30 students), 1215 Landing Way, Renton WA

        Chaperones: Renton Police Chief Kevin Milosevich and other Renton Police Officers

  • Tukwila Target (30 students), 301 Strander Blvd., Tukwila, WA

        Chaperones: The Salvation Army board members, volunteers

  • Federal Way Target (30 students), 2201 S. Commons, Federal Way, WA

        Chaperones: Federal Way Police Officers

  • Tacoma Target (30 students), 3320 S. 23rd St., Tacoma, WA

        Chaperones: Tacoma Police Officers

  • Redmond Target (30 students), 17700 NE 76th St., Redmond, WA

        Chaperones: Redmond Police Officers and Firefighters, City of Kirkland employees

  • SilverdaleTarget (25 students), 3201 Randall Way, Silverdale, WA

        Chaperones: Bremerton Police Officers, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputies

  • Lake Stevens Target (30 students), 9601 Market Pl., Lake Stevens, WA

        Chaperones: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lake Stevens Police Officers

  • Spokane Target (30 students), 9970 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane, WA

         Chaperones: Spokane Police Officers, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies

                                                                            

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmynw.org.

Media Contact:  
Stacy Howard
Community Relations Director
Northwest Divisional Headquarters
206-217-1280/206-714-1469
Stacy.Howard@usw.salvationarmy.org