Claim: Various rumors about the Target chain of retail stores:
|FALSE: The Target Corporation does not contribute to veterans' causes.|
|FALSE: The Target Corporation is French-owned.|
|FALSE: The Target Corporation is Muslim-controlled.|
|FALSE: The Target Corporation provides corporate grants only for 'gay and lesbian
|FALSE: The Target Corporation does not contribute to the
|TRUE: The Target Corporation does not allow Salvation Army bellringers to solicit contributions in front of its stores.|
|FALSE: The Target Corporation does not allow reservists called to active duty to continue their health benefits.|
TARGET STORES DO NOT SUPPORT VETERANS!!!
Subject: Vietnam vets not worthy?
Vietnam Veterans Not Worthy Of Target's Help?
By Dick Forrey, Vietnam Veterans Association.
We asked our local Target store to be a sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received back a reply from Target management that "veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the areas of arts, social actions and education."
My thought: If the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Vietnam veteran himself, does not meet the criteria of these areas, something is wrong at Target. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, but simply sponsorship endorsement for a "memorial remembrance".
As follow-up, I e-mailed the Corporate Headquarters and their response was the same. Personally, I will NOT be buying anything at Target Stores again. If the Vietnam Veteran does not meet their area of giving then why should I as a Vietnam veteran, spend my hard earned money in their stores?
Please pass this on to as many people as you know. Maybe Target and other businesses will get the message.
[Collected via e-mail, June 2013]
TARGET STORES ARE NOT YET IN CANADA, HOWEVER THEY ARE SLATED TO OPEN A LOT OF STORES IN MARCH OR APRIL OF 2013.(they are here already) APPARENTLY THEY WILL BE TAKING OVER THE ZELLERS STORES. TARGET IS LOOKING FOR NEW AREAS AS THEY ARE GETTING A VERY
BAD RECEPTION IN THE STATES MAINLY DUE TO THEIR NON-CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES. TARGET STORES HEAD OFFICE IS IN FRANCE. THE OFFICE IS NOW MUSLIM CONTROLLED WHICH EXPLAINS THE NON-CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE. WE SUPPORT THE GIANT TIGER, CANADIAN TIRE, HOME HARDWARE, ETC. THOSE WHICH ARE CANADIAN OWNED AND OPERATED.
Origins: As Strother Martin's character wryly observed in the film Cool Hand Luke, "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
Dick Forrey, a member of the Indiana-based Howard County Vietnam Veterans organization, rashly penned the above message in March 2002 after failing to secure a $100 sponsorship for a travelling Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall exhibit from his local Target store.
Some people have used my words and perpetuated lies. It's sad that some of these people would use veterans as a way to push their own political views. I've sent out a retraction, and no one pays any attention.
In March of 2002, a veteran approached one of our stores seeking a
Our corporate giving program that does incorporate cash donations is handled through a process called grants. Unfortunately, the veteran and his organization were not provided the proper information to facilitate consideration of a grant from either the store or our corporate office. The initial response of the team member at the store and the reply from our corporate office are inconsistent with the respectful manner in which we want all of our guests to be treated. We are truly sorry for this oversight and the resulting confusion that has taken place.
We accept all applications for grants from January 1 to
Guests can also access a grant application at our web site.
This is certain: Target appreciates the dedication and service of all our veterans. Thank you again for your interest.
The company has been no less generous toward veterans. Not only did Target contribute to the World War II Memorial and sponsor the 2003 tour of "The Wall that
The Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to remind all that the Internet culture weaves rumors and misinformation. Simply put, don't believe everything you read. For example, an
Target has a long-held corporate policy regarding donations. And in all fairness, Target contributes more than
- Target's stated policy is that they provide grants at the corporate level for programs involving the arts, education, and family violence prevention, and donates at the local level to a variety of charitable causes. The line about Target's responding to inquiries by stating that they provide corporate grants only for 'gay and lesbian causes' is a falsity added to later versions of the message.
- The Target Corporation is a publicly held,
U.S.-based firmwhich has been headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since it began as the Dayton Dry Goods Company in 1902. Target is not now, nor has it ever been, foreign-owned or Muslim-controlled. Like many public companies, the Target Corporation's stock is owned by thousands of institutional and mutual fund holders, none of whom controls more than 9% of the outstanding shares.
- Although Target stores do not directly participate in the in-store collection of toys for the
Toys for Totscharity sponsored by the U.S. MarineCorps Reserve, the Target Corporation contributes to that charity by providing discounts to groups who buy toys for it. (Click here to view a video of singer Josh Groban engaging in a Christmas 2012 Toys for Tots buying spree at a Target store.)
- Target Corporation has been recognized by the National Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as an
"Outstanding Employer"which has "gone above and beyond the requirements of the law in support of their National Guard and Reserve employees." Target employees who are activated for military service and were participating in optional dependent coverage at the time of their deployment are eligible to continue these benefits if they so choose. Target Corporation also allows any Target team member to continue benefits as provided by the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
- In 2004 Target banned Salvation Army workers from soliciting contributions on its premises. See our "Sally Ann Ban" article for details.
Last updated: 15 August 2015
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