A volunteer helps one of the 100 students shop for school needs during The Savlvation Army Target Shopping Spree.

More than 100 local students in need had the opportunity to visit an Indianapolis Target store and purchase backpacks, calculators, pens and pencils, art supplies, binders, clothing and other must-have supplies just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helped a total of 12,000 K-12 students across the country gear up for the upcoming academic year and get ready to succeed in school with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, was awarded an $80 Target GiftCard to purchase back-to-school supplies. They were also given a reusable Target shopping bag and paired with a volunteer chaperone.

Education is at the heart of Target’s giving and the Target School Spree is one of many ways that Target acts locally to help kids learn and schools teach, paving a path to graduation. As part the Target School Spree, Target awarded 39 of The Salvation Army divisions nationwide a total of $960,000 worth of Target GiftCards for the shopping sprees. Nearly 500 Target stores participated in the one-day Target School Spree event in select regions across the country. Each $80 Target GiftCard awarded as part of the program provided a child with the necessary supplies to go back to school in the fall, ready to learn.

“School actually starts tomorrow for our kids and a lot of them don’t have anything they need for school yet.  This gift from Target will provide them with the things they need to succeed,” said Captain Leti Crowell of the Eagle Creek Salvation Army.  It was clear that the kids also appreciated the gift from Target.  When third grader Tiara was asked what she thought about the shopping spree she said, “This is pretty cool.  I got everything I needed for school.  It’s been a good day.”