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.