Target Provides Gift Cards and Smiles to Kids in Need

For me, going back to school evoked a range of emotions: excitement about playing soccer and basketball and reuniting with friends, while also feeling a bit anxious about the tough classes ahead.

So my favorite part about going back was getting organized with new school supplies.

Having the right tools can make entering that new classroom just a little less intimidating, like you can take on anything with your new crisp notebook and freshly sharpened pencil.

Who knew confidence was an essential back-to-school item?

Target does, and they’re helping The Salvation Army ease the financial commitment for these new supplies for families in need.

Thanks to Target’s generous partnership, 12,000 underprivileged students are being treated to an unforgettable Back-to School-Shopping spree for supplies, clothing and other must-have items. Target awarded The Salvation Army $1 million donation to cover gift cards and transportation costs. Each child is given an $80 gift card to towards the essential school supplies for the upcoming school year.

For some children, this might be the first time they walk into that classroom with brand new supplies and a sense of confidence for the year ahead.

Check out the smiling faces below of kids from Colorado, Hawaii and Tennessee, who went shopping last week on Target’s dime and with the help of Salvation Army volunteers.

The Salvation Army would like to say once again, THANK YOU to Target for their continued efforts and commitment to supporting our youth and education! We would also like to acknowledge the many volunteers who took the time to help make this event unforgettable.

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77 Comments on “Target Provides Gift Cards and Smiles to Kids in Need

  1. how are the corps selected? The Bend, Oregon corp had been apart of this program but not this year. Can you tell me why?

  2. Hi I’m a single mom my kids don’t have anything for school I called salvation army two wks ago and they said they weren’t doing anything for kids please help please thank u christina 7606868885

  3. I was wondering if there was a program here in the Gordon//Floyd county that could help me with my childs school supplies//clothing please help thank you 4702557025

  4. Hi I’m Angela a single mom with 5 kids need help 4 my kids school supply and closing 205 329 9336

  5. Hi I’ am laura and i have 3 kis two from middle school and one of elementry
    And i was wondering for help. WithSchool suplys,closing, and shoes it will help me alot.
    my phone is 702)689-6023

  6. Hello my name is Lori I have 2 sick children and one with live threading disease and with all their medical needs we could really use help with school clothes. 570-477-5282 Ty..

  7. I have two kids and their dad just passed away 2 weeks ago and without his income it’s goingto be hard to get their school clothes. Is there anyway you could help?

  8. Hi my name is Jennifer I have 5 beautiful children that are in desperate need of back to school supply’s if you could please help us .I live in broward county fl.

  9. Hello,
    My name is Jacqueline and I am a single mother of four. This year has been very hard for me and my kids. All of my kids will be in school this year and I am freaking out cause I have no idea how in the world I am going to get there school clothes and school supplies. I have a son that is 15, a daughter that is 12, a son that is 9 and a son that is 4. I was working a full time job however I have had to go on medical leave and have been on medical for a while. I have a few more tests to do, but I will probably be going in for back surgery by the end of this month or beginning of Sept. My oldest son and daughter are such a big help with there little brothers. I am very blessed to have these children and I wish I could give them everything that they need. However with me not working I’m afraid that they will get nothing. Last year I was unable to get help so thankfully there clothes from the previous year still fit, but they have grown since then and they cant wear the same clothes 3 years in a row. Even if they fit I would feel horrible to have to make them use them. If there is any way anyone could help us I would forever be in your debt. Please any help would be greatly appreciated .
    Thank You, Jacqueline and family

  10. How very wonderful The Lord gave you the vision for the SA. Your kindness, your love is so Christ like. Thank you for being idling to answer the call. Blssings

  11. Hi I am a single disabled mother of 3 who is barely getting by paying the rent and bills. I have been looking for help with school clothes and supplies and came across this. is there help in eureka CA.

  12. Fled a domestic situation living in a battered women’s shelter and have no money to buy my children school uniforms… 1 (314) 736-2341 if there’s any one that could help please give me a call..

  13. My husband has lost his job and we were depending on a check owed to him on the 10th of august, needless to say they are not going to give out any checks who knows what the real reason is. I have two sons one in dire need of supplies, undergarments, shoes, clothes I truely don’t like to. Ask for help and kinda always somehow made it this year I don’t want my sons to have to miss school just for not having the supplies they need mainly please let me know how I can receive some help.

  14. My husband has lost his job and we were depending on a check owed to him on the 10th of august, needless to say they are not going to give out any checks who knows what the real reason is. I have two sons one in dire need of supplies, undergarments, shoes, clothes I truely don’t like to. Ask for help and kinda always somehow made it this year I don’t want my sons to have to miss school just for not having the supplies they need mainly please let me know how I can receive some help. Also my # is 731-676-5740 if no answer please leave a message or better yet sms text me would probably be best. I’m in need and greatful for anything if only a phone call letting me know something. God Bless ALL

  15. our family needs help badly we hate asking for help but since we have 2 diabled kids and my husband and I r disabled we r having a very hard time we cannot afford school clothes and supplys since my 8 yeard old has social austium he needs a tablet to help with shool work and we cannot afford food rent much less the 3 kids we have to get school supplys for this year. if there is any way u can help us we would be forever greatful. even a gift card to walmert target or wherever would be so very helpful. you may send any kind of help to mrs david moldenhar 18437 w church rd Brodhead wis 53520. thank you so very much and god bless..sincerely mrs david moldenhar

  16. I have a son that’s going into 1st grade and I was wondering if you could help us this school supplies and school cloths were in need thanks Rebecca 609-435-6134

  17. Hi I am single mother of 3 children and just heard of this program and I hope that I am not to late. I am in desperate need of help with school supplies. Please let me know .. Thank you and God bless
    951 927-6526 or email

  18. Hello moms in need of school stuff. Try your school or district. Most have some kind of help for kids in the district. If they don’t they might be able to direct you to some where that can help.


  20. Hi I have to be out of my apartment by the end of this month but school starts on Monday for myself and son.. We are moving to Oklahoma City were it will be better for us But don’t have the security deposit and don’t have the application fee which is a total of 250 dollars plus money order fees for two separate money orders.My son needs school clothes I believe I will be living on the North West side of town and really need this start over. I really want to show up to school on Monday at OCCC its my dream to get a degree regardless of my hearing loss. My son and I both need clothes gas cards toll money to get from Tulsa to Oklahoma City where I feel I can have better and do better. Anything can help.. Text me at 918 780 7718. Be blessed

  21. I am in need of help with getting school supplies and clothes for my kids this year. I recently lost my job and having a hard time getting a new job.

    Please help.

  22. I am a single mother of three wonderful children I unfortunately am searching g for employment and school is starting in just a few weeks my eleven year old son is in need of a back pack and school supplies and if possible a pair of shoes would be amazing please let me know if you could help or not and what I would have to provide you may contact me by phone email or mail my phone number is 5108609671

  23. I live in Solano County (Fairfield) I phoned my local Salvation Army and they said they did it months ago and ran out. My question is why when things like this happen no one knows about it .To top it off there is some parents who literally don’t have anything for their children like myself and a few others how can we get help please contact me

  24. I recently lost my job back in July and my husband just started his new job a week before I lost mine. We are struggling to make our monthly bills. We live in caldwell county NC. We have 2 girls starting school. 1 will be in 1st grade & the other will be starting kindergarten. Please help us with school supplies & clothing. Contact me ASAP. Thank you. Email address


  26. Hi im a mother of 6 but 5 of my kids will be attending school come this fall. i m in need of any assitant if possible.i have a 15yr old daughter that’s 7mths pregnant and will be attending high school,a 14yr old,an 12 yr old,an 9yr old,and a 2yr old all boys that will be attending a single mom trying my best to make it. They are all.jnineed of everything.thanks 4 any services or program that any body knows of that can pass it along 2 me.13477279018.thank u.

  27. Hey we need help with our 5 yr old we have no money to get he clothes. I only get 25 every 2 weeks from her dad. My hubby dont get enough to get any . They dont do clothing valtures down here

  28. Hello I’m a mother Oh two who got injured by work. I’m in need of holiday assistance with. My two kids this year 2013 .last year wasnt so good please help.thanks.may God bless you. A mother in need.

  29. I am a single mother of two boys (12&14). I have relocated to the Hampton Roads area to get away from a domestic violence situation and try to give my boys a new start. I am looking for a job n we are staying in super cheap places. I desperately need assistance getting my boys school supplies, clothes and shoes. My mom, who is retired and on a fixed income is helping me as much as she can, but can only do so much. Any help (school supplies, clothing, housing, employment) would be greatly appreciated. My number is 540-771-1327.

  30. Hi my name is Huyen Dang and I wonder if there any help for Seattle. I am a single mom with low income

  31. Please let me know cause my son had no school supplies. Please email me or call me back at 206-708-5808

  32. hello I’m a single mother of four with very low income, i have just relocated to Virginia and having trouble getting the kids need for school. I have 3 going to school this year 5,9,and 11 yr old.your help would surely be appreciated if possible thankyou and god bless .

  33. I also am a mom of 5 children that has been unemployed since March 2013 and was wondering HOW? For assistance with Back to School supplies contact your child’s school and ask to speak with the counselor for supplies ,clothing and shoes sources. There is a wealth,untold. The local churches in my area of Prince William County also helped out a lot. We had zilch and now have school supplies and enough to pass the blessing.

  34. I am a mother of 6 who has just become a single parent my husband has just been sentenced to 24 yrs in prison. I have bills I need help! Or my electric will be turned off on friday. Please tell me how yo find help. I am so lost & confused and have no where to turn for help

  35. Hi there! I am a single mother of an 8 year old boy, and soon to be 6 year old daughter (her birthday is right after school starts). I have been away from the country for 10 years, and the children’s father lives in the UK. We have been here a year and I have had a horrible time trying to re-establish my life in my home country. I have been living with my mother the past 8 months, and as a 38 year old, that is pretty disheartening. I have just managed to find an apt here in Michigan, it is not the nicest of places, very old, but it will do for us for now. Both my son and I are disabled, and have been denied claims for SSI. There are few jobs where we live, and I have also been advised not to get a job in order to have a successful result with our SSI appeal. I have been blessed with help from United Way in order to get in to our apt, but I still have to spend pretty much the rest of my money to pay the deposits. I haven’t been able to afford clothes for the kids going back to school. We’ll be recycling their pencils, backpacks, lunchbags, etc. We have virtually no furniture for the apt we’re about to move in to, one twin bed, a small bookshelf and plain bedside table. And my daughter’s birthday is coming up, and she wants everything she sees, especially My Little Pony. I feel heartbroken that I can’t provide even the basic necessities for my kids, and I have been raising them alone for nearly a year. If the Salvation Army or Target (we LOVE your store) could help, we would be forever grateful.

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  40. I am a mother of 4kids ,I know there is a God I desperatly needed a job ,I had no money and went to a Salvation Army Store and asked for a job and was given one.My husband is dying of stage 4 cancer and I did not give up hope.Pray he hears your prayers God Bless You

  41. hello I need help with my 2 kids for back to school stuff with shoes clothes and uniform I don’t have a job I live in norfolk

  42. Hello, I’m a stay at home mom of 2 daughters. They are in Kindergarten & 8th Grade.I live in Pennsylvania & would like to know the qualifications for the Gift Cards. THANKS! :-)

  43. Hello, I am a recent widow who has custody of my 2 grandsons one in 1st and other in 4th..We struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet and i need help with school supplies and do we apply for the gift cards.

  44. I would like to know how to sign up as well. I live in anoka county. My seven year old needs supplies

  45. I am a single Mom living in the Salvation Family House in Wilkes-Barre. PA for the homeless and my Salvation Army received 30 Target gift cards and gave them out to residents in the city and gave none to the residents of their shelter which consists of about 15 school age children which many still have nothing new for school. Is there any other help ?

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