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Salvation Army kids shop Target for Back to School must-haves!

Submitted by on July 17, 2013 – 4 Comments

Target School Spree 2012 in Glendale, CA  -  Photo by John Docter

Target School Spree 2012 in Glendale, CA – Photo by John Docter

From now through Aug. 15, 12,000 students in need across the United States will have the opportunity to shop at Target stores for school supplies, clothing and other must-have, back-to-school items.

Since 2009, the Target School Spree has helped kids in hundreds of communities – selected by The Salvation Army – gear up for the academic year. Each child will receive an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase school supplies at a local Target School Spree, organized by the Army.

“As part of our $1 billion commitment to education, Target is excited partner with The Salvation Army on the Target School Spree again in 2013,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “The program provides thousands of students in need with back-to-school supplies that will help them start a new year on the right foot.”

As part the Target School Spree program, Target has 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 will provide a child with the supplies needed for the new school year.

Here in the Western US, 3,000 kids will get to shop at Target during one of our 100 shopping events! Stay tuned to this blog site for photos of the 2013 Target School Spree!

Thank you to our good friends at Target for making it possible for so many kids to get ready for back to school!


  • Gr'mama says:

    There is NO Place Like the Salvation Army to either HELP or to put your Money!!!

  • rebecca says:

    I was wondering if there is still help available to needy children in fresno ca? I am.a single mother of 3 kids that is in dire need some back to school assistance thank you for your ti


  • Kathy Lovin says:

    Hi Aric – feel free to call The Salvation Army in Sacramento to see if they still need volunteers for their event on Friday: Capt. Erin Kauffman at


  • Aric Toon says:

    Do you need volunteers for the Target Back to School Shopping Spree in Sacramento?