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Westport, Conn. (March 18, 2011) — Save the Children announced today it has received a $500,000 donation from Target in support of the organization’s efforts to help meet the needs of children and families affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week.
“Children are always the most vulnerable in any crisis situation,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are grateful for this generous donation from Target, which will help us address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and families whose lives were unraveled by this tragedy."
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Save the Children, which has worked in Japan for 25 years, deployed emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families in the hardest hit areas of the country. In addition, the organization has already set up a child-friendly space and plans to start more in the coming days. These areas help alleviate anxiety faced by children coping with an emergency by allowing children to play with other children in a safe and adult-supervised setting.
“When disaster strikes, Target listens and acts quickly to provide meaningful support to people in need,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, president and CEO, Target. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami and we hope our donation will aid in the country’s recovery.”
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.
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