Minneapolis — Target Corporation is committing up to $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to support communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The donations will benefit Target team members, as well as national, local and international relief organizations. This donation is in addition to the $3.5 million that the company committed last week to Hurricane Harvey relief.
“In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, I have been moved by the remarkable outpouring of support and commitment from people around the country. While we’re in the earliest stages of relief along the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States, we’ll stand with our Target team and be there to support the community on the long road to recovery,” says Target CEO and chairman Brian Cornell. “Similar to Hurricane Harvey, we know that providing the financial resources and products that families need is the greatest impact Target can make. Target today is proud to commit up to $1 million to be there for our team, guests and communities through this difficult time.”
As the company did with Hurricane Harvey, Target will provide resources and support to assist impacted team members and their families. The company set up a disaster relief fund last week, administered by Global Impact, to support Target team members and will continue to match employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. Target team members will have the option to donate to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or both relief funds when they donate. For team members working at stores that are currently closed, Target will offer team members shifts at neighboring Target stores and to pay eligible team members while locations are closed.
In addition to the resources provided to Target team members, Target will donate up to $1 million to several national, local and international community organizations that focus on community relief. The donation includes:
- Up to $500,000 for the American Red Cross.
- $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
- $300,000 to national local relief organizations, including the Salvation Army.
- $50,000 each to UNICEF and Save The Children.
In the days leading up to Hurricane Irma’s U.S. landfall, Target closed more than 120 stores and four distribution facilities for the safety of its team and guests. Stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and distribution facilities in Florida and Georgia will reopen on a case-by-case.
Target’s distribution team members worked tirelessly before the storm hit to get products to stores as quickly as possible and help guests get the supplies they need for their families. The company shipped nearly 3 million bottles of water to stores, along with more than 45,000 packages of batteries and nearly 20,000 flashlights. When the distribution facilities reopen, Target’s supply chain teams will immediately begin pushing products to impacted Target stores, including some trailers that were pre-loaded to distribute before the hurricane hit.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has 1,816 stores. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.
SOURCE: Target Corporation