Sad to say, if Target stores refuse to reverse their policy, thousands poor and needy will not have a very happy Christmas. Why? Because Target stores nationwide have banned the Salvation Army's red kettle campaign. They have told The Salvation Army's bell ringers, "You're no longer welcome here."
Target spokesperson Jennifer Hanson said that allowing the Salvation Army to collect funds as a mission of hope for the hungry, the homebound, and the helpless would violate their 'no solicitation' policy.
Target's new policy is opposite of that with community-minded giants like Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney's, and Big Lots. They believe the Salvation Army serves a critical need by offering kindness to a family in need.
"Last year, bell ringers raised about $8.8 million nationally outside Target stores," Major George Hood, Community Relations Secretary for the Salvation Army U.S.A.
Target's change adds pressure on the charity as it faces budget cuts from other sources and an increasing demand for services.
"We're going to lose 112 days of food service for the hungry because of [Target's] decision," Russ Russell, Salvation Army executive director for development told The Detroit News.
Because of Target's decision 6,000 people, including children, will be forced to go elsewhere to find help.
Please take this action:
Tell Target that you will be doing your Christmas shopping this year at Wal-Mart, J.C. Penny's, Big Lots or another store which cares about the poor and homeless. We know Target will block emails through the OneMillionDads email system, so your individual action is critical.
1. Call Target customer service toll-free at 1-800-440-0680, option 2, then option 2 at the next prompt.
2. Call your local Target store and speak with the manager. You can find the number in your local phone book, or through their Online Store Locator.
3. Here is additional contact information for Target:
Target Stores Chairman Robert J. Ulrich 1000 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 304-6073 Fax: 612-696-3731 Email: Guest.Relations@target.com
4. Finally, please forward this to your family and friends.
It is wonderful that an organization such as the Salvation Army is so generous to the poor - but I don't believe a company should be forced to provide space to any charity - I think it is horrible that a company should be targeted for a boycott because it does not provide space for charity collections - I believe Target and any other company should be allowed to pick and choose its own charity and not be blackmailled with threats of boycotts or demonstrations - the Salvation Army is demonstrating little charity if they believe going public to humiliate or shame a company and forcing it to provide free space to ring its bells is a christian thing to do - after all, the Salvation Army is a christian organization - the Salvation Army should rely on its reputation and pray for invitations from companies to set up their kettles and to ring their bells
I agree! Target is in business to sell products, not have customers decide to go elsewhere because they don't want to be hasseled at the door to give money they may not be able to afford. The sad thing is the executives at Salvation Army as well as many other charitible organizations make huge salaries and give very little to the truly needy. Since we became aware of this several years ago, we ask our local church to point out needy families and give the money directly to them. It's the same with donating clothing; the help takes all the good items and gives the rest to the needy. It's sad but true.