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Salvation Army gets $1M boost from Target


MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that it has donated $1 million to The Salvation Army to revitalize the organization's libraries, media centers and educational facilities across the country. The retailer announces its commitment, which includes $25,000 grants to all forty divisions, at the unveiling of The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center's newly transformed library.

"We're proud to expand our ongoing partnership with The Salvation Army to help update library, educational and after-school facilities throughout the country, providing children with an inspiring place to read, learn and most importantly, grow," said Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target. "Children are the heart and soul of our communities and we want to ensure they have the valuable educational resources they need to be successful at school and in life."

Each of the forty divisions will choose one library, media center or educational facility to receive the $25,000 grant for design elements, furniture, shelving, books, computers and carpet. The selection will be based on compelling need for improvement, potential to increase community use of the renovated space and long-term ability to sustain the space. Decisions will be made in February 2009, with the upgrades being completed by the end of the year.

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