I can’t really think of anyone, especially someone with two X chromosomes, who hasn’t enjoyed shopping at some point in their life. You go grocery shopping, furniture shopping, wedding and baby shower shopping, and the ever popular clothing shopping. You know where you can do all that in one place? Target! I love, love, love Target. I have for a long time and I’m sure I will continue to as well. I mean seriously where else can you go to get a new purse and a gallon of milk at the same time? And don’t even think of saying that store that starts with a W. It doesn’t even compare.
Let’s just start off with a few numbers. 430,000. That’s the amount of community service hours volunteered by Target team members. Not court ordered like Lindsay Lohan. 76. Number of libraries in schools that Target has completely made over. 3 million. The amount of money Target gives back to the community every, single, solitary week. If you’re not impressed then there may be no hope for you. One of the great organization that Target teams with to rebuild school libraries is The Heart of America Foundation. HOAF has provided children living in poverty with over 2 million library and take home books, and have engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service. Now you can see why they would want to team up with Target for these makeover projects. Since 1997 they have uniquely promoted volunteering and literacy. HOAF has also received several accolades in the philanthropic community, and were featured on Oprah last year. That’s how you know you’ve made it big folks. Target is also actively involved in improving the well-being of the people in their communities. Starting last year Target has sponsored bike kiosks and programs for the non-profit Nice Ride Minnesota. NRM is the largest bike-share program in the United States. Let’s face it, bikes can be expensive. NRM gives pedestrians an eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B without breaking the bank. You can get a subscription for a bike for a day, a week, a month, or even a year. They are like the Netflix of biking. You can rent a bike when you need it and return it to any kiosk when you’re done. The health and environmental benefits to biking around town are endless, so I won’t bore you with them, but be sure and remember that the next time you’re in the twin cities.
The Heart of America Foundation Donation
Nice Ride Minnesota Donation
So here’s to you Target! You’re the place my husband knows with no uncertainty that we can never spend less than 30 minutes in on any given trip. You are also the place where I pursue bathing suits, stilettos, CD’s, frying pans, cotton balls, and digital cameras. You may have started off as a place that I love for its cool displays and trendy clothes and accessories, but now everyone knows that you’re here for good!
I think I will!