Target has been targeted as playing “Scrooge” for too long, and it’s time to set the record straight. This year, Target has formed a new partnership with the Salvation Army.

While the corporation is still not allowing bell ringers to sit outside and solicit donations, Target stores nationwide are now using some of their sales floor space to sell Salvation Army angel ornaments. Each ornament costs $9.99, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. So, to any member of our community who wants to be able to support the Salvation Army at their local Target store, I extend an invitation — come on in.

Furthermore, the Target Corp. has a history of community giving that more people should be aware of. In 1964, the Target Corp. became a founding member of the Five Percent Club, committing 5 percent of its taxable incomes to support local community organizations. The Target Foundation has awarded grants to organizations as varied as local theater groups, small publishing houses, food shelves and shelters. 

Target has also developed 25 different national sponsorships, including those with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the United Negro College Fund, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, America’s Second Harvest the Nation’s Food Bank Network and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. 

Each year, the company awards grants up to $3,000 each for reading, arts and family violence prevention programs. 

More than 70,000 current and former Target team members, family and friends participate in volunteer events each year. Events include Operation United Way, Reading Buddies, and team charity walks. In all, team members donated about 310,000 hours last year. So take a cue from the volunteers and donate an hour — an hour of your shopping time to a store who will give part of your dollar back to the community. 

Stacey Wasieczko

Niagara Falls

Target member, Amherst store

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