More Than 300 Chicagoland Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army

Target Supports Local Students with Target GiftCard
to Purchase Needed School Supplies


July 15 through Aug. 15, over 12,000 students in need, including more than 300 from Chicagoland will have the opportunity to shop at Target stores nationwide for school supplies, clothing and other must-have, back-to-school items. Since 2009, the Target School Spree has helped  kids from across the country selected by The Salvation Army gear up for the academic year. Each child will receive an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase school supplies. Select Salvation Army locations will work with local Target stores to schedule the date of their Target School Spree.

9367141272_b28cf3ea9d“I’m most excited to get clothes,” said Shania Ferguson, 14, at the July 24 Target School Spree in downtown Chicago.  “Blue jeans, shirts, shoes and capris.  I know this means a lot to my parents. It saves them money, and it’s so nice that The Salvation Army lets us do this.” 

As part the Target School Spree program, Target awarded The Salvation Army nationwide $1 million to cover Target GiftCards and transportation costs.  Recipients of the gift card shopping sprees were identified from the hundreds of youth programs the Army operates across the country. Each $81 Target GiftCard provided a child with the supplies needed for the new school year.

Andre Smith* and his son Dre, 5, also participated in the July 24 Spree.  For Andre, the Target School Spree was critical to helping to prepare little Dre for back-to-school.  “Especially during this time, when you’re trying so hard to make ends meet, The Salvation Army and this shopping event are so important.”  When asked what he was most excited to get for the upcoming school year, Dre said “Dinosaurs,” with a grin that spread ear to ear, while showing off his new dinosaur themed school supplies.

9367269932_7ce83ecd93_nNearly 500 Target stores participated in the Target School Spree event between July 15 and August 15 in select parts of the country. All participants were paired with a volunteer chaperone from The Salvation Army for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

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2 Replies to “More Than 300 Chicagoland Students Awarded Back-to-School Shopping Spree from Target and The Salvation Army”

  1. How do you get a child on this program. My daughter receives no child support from the father of her child, and could really use this. School supplies cost a lot of money, and her list calls for so much, for this school year. They are things she needs to succeed. She is on the Autism Spectrum also, and has been on the Honor Roll all year. Please help her.
    Katelynn Justiniano Age 9
    3535 North Oriole
    Chicago, Illinois 60634

    Thank you for your consideration on this.

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