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Salvation Army wish list encourages giving nationwide

Target and the Salvation Army launched a partnership for the Target/Salvation Army Wish List, an online site to provide essential items for those affected by recent hurricanes, and other individuals and families in need across the country.

From now through January 25, 2006, visitors to can view and purchase clothing, household items, personal products and Gift Cards to be donated to families across the country. Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to ship items to any of 13 designated Salvation Army distribution centers across the country, each serving large regional areas with items specific to that region.

The Salvation Army will distribute the purchased items. In addition, guests can directly connect to the Salvation Army’s Web site to make a financial donation.

“The Salvation Army has been vital in helping hurricane survivors through the recovery process while maintaining their steadfast commitment to strengthening local communities,” said Laysha Ward, vice president community relations, Target. “We share their ongoing commitment to long-term preparedness, and are proud to partner with the Salvation Army as we strive to make a real difference in the lives of families across the country this holiday season.”

“This is an important partnership with Target to help the people of these areas begin to rebuild their lives,” said Major George Hood, national community relations and development secretary for the Salvation Army. “With their assistance, we are enabling thousands of Gulf Coast families and people all across the country to begin that process.”

The Salvation Army has pinpointed a variety of household and personal goods needed in each area. Following is a list of Salvation Army distribution center locations, and examples of their specific Wish List items.

South Region Distribution Center and Wish List Requests: Biloxi, Miss., serving all of Mississippi with particular emphasis on Pass Christian, Gulfport and Pascagoula, has placed items such as cribs, towels and children’s clothing on their Wish List.

La Place, La., serving all of Louisiana with particular emphasis in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Slidell and Lake Charles, has placed items such as water purifiers, jackets and clothing on their Wish List.

Dallas, Texas, serving the state of Texas with particular emphasis on the hurricane-related needs of Houston and Beaumont, has placed small kitchen appliances, bathroom necessities and clothing on their Wish List.

Lutz, Fla., (near Tampa) has requested a variety of children’s clothing including Disney pajamas.

East Region Distribution Center and Wish List Requests: Concord, N.H., serving Concord, Bow, Penacook, Allenstown, Pembroke, Loudon, Salem and Boscawen to assist Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims; and Alstead and Keene to assist New Hampshire flood victims, has requested clothing and baby items on their Wish List.

Akron, Ohio has requested kitchen items, baby items and children’s clothing.

Philadelphia, Pa. has asked for bathroom accessories and baby items to be added to their Wish List.

Central Region Distribution Center and Wish List Requests: Chicago, Ill., serving the entire Chicagoland and surrounding areas has placed children and adult clothing on their Wish List.

St. Louis, Mo., has requested flashlights, children’s and adult clothing for their Wish List.

Wauwatosa, Wisc., has placed items such as lanterns, heaters, and clothing on their Wish Lists.

West Region Distribution Center and Wish List Requests: Scottsdale, Ariz., serving the Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria and Chandler areas, has requested baby and children’s toys and children’s clothing on their wish list.

San Diego, Calif., has requested adult and children clothing as well as bathroom accessories.

Aurora, Co., has placed portable grills, kitchen accessories and clothing on their Wish List.

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