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Released 16 August 2013


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Audrey Esther

Community Relations Director

The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination

Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116

Cell: (417) 763-1357

2013 Target School Sprees 




Local children provided back-to-school shopping sprees at Target!

Springfield MO (August 16, 2013) Target and The Salvation Army teamed up to provide 34 local children with the back-to-school necessities they need for the upcoming school year.    

     During the 2013 Target School Spree events held in Springfield & Branson each child received an $81 Target Gift Card and with the help of a volunteer ‘shopping buddy' picked out school supplies, clothing and other items they needed to start the school year right.

     Volunteer shopping buddies included Michael White - Chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Children;  Patty Dunn - President of the MO PTA Springfield Council; Virginia Darr, Tammy Haynes -President of the Heart of the Westside Neighborhood Assoc.; Aaron Dicer & Denee' Hughes - 88.3 The Wind; Juanita Crow - J.D. Crow and Assoc.; Kirk Elmquist - Morelock-Ross; Paul Adler - KY3 News Ken Walker - Transport Graphics; Jessica Peña - FOX KRBK News; LaDella Thomas - Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Director of Annual Events & Chamber Services; Autumn Porter - United Way of the Ozarks, Director of Resource Development; Jim Boeker - Boeker Real Estate Group; Laura Greer - Carol Jones Realtors; Janet Bezzerides - Boeker Group Real Estate; Lyndi Carnelison - Branson Bank; Michael Porter - Sight & Sound Theater; Frank Thomas; Hailey Fleming - Branson Bank; Janet Jones - Jones Company Realty; Patty Silliman - Keller Williams and other local community leaders.

       In total, more than $3,300 in assistance was provided to the children participating. For many, this will be the first year they have ever been provided with these basic back-to-school necessities. 

To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting - 82¢ of every single dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.


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The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit


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