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Who wrote this? I thought we were supposed to sign our names. Replying to
this e-mail: Just cause the e-mail below disagrees with the artical that
was sent around who's to say which is right if they both came from the
On Tue, 13 Jan 2004 10:31:58 -0600 gcfl-discuss at gcfl.net writes:
> Claims: Multiple - see below.
> The Target Corporation does not contribute to veterans' causes:
> The Target Corporation is French-owned: False.
> The Target Corporation provides corporate grants only for 'gay and
> causes': False.
> The Target Corporation does not contribute to the U.S. Marines 'Toys
> Tots' program: False.
> The Target Corporation does not allow reservists called to active
> duty to
> continue their health benefits: False.
> Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> businesses will get the message.
> Origins: As
> Strother Martin's character wryly commented in Cool Hand Luke, "What
> got here is failure to communicate."
> Dick Forrey, a member of the Indiana-based Howard County Vietnam
> organization, penned the above message in March 2002 after failing
> to secure
> a $100 sponsorship for a travelling Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall
> from his local Target store. Mr. Forrey was rebuffed, because Target
> not give out cash donations through local stores; they donate money
> only at
> the corporate level, and only through grants to organizations
> falling within
> their defined general areas of giving:
> We want to clearly and completely apologize for any
> regarding Target's support of the Vietnam Wall and our corporate
> program. Giving back to the communities where our stores are located
> something we're proud to do. In fact, nationwide, Target Corporation
> more than $2 million a week to the communities in which we serve.
> In March of 2002, a veteran approached one of our stores seeking a
> donation for a display of the "moving wall" in his area. Target does
> events in the communities in which our stores are located. While
> each store
> determines which events to sponsor, any contribution is limited and
> is made
> in the form of a gift card. The stores are not able to give cash
> contributions to any organization. Stores are also able to donate
> hours to community events and projects.
> Our corporate giving program that does incorporate cash donations is
> 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
> 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
> and the resulting confusion that has taken place.
> We accept all applications for grants from January 1 to September 30
> of each
> calendar year. Any guest can request a grants application brochure
> at their
> local store, called "Grant Guidelines." Veterans programs may be
> for grants if the subject matter falls into one of our three general
> of giving: education, arts and family violence prevention.
> 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.
> Daniel Cleland
> Group Team Leader
> Guest Relations
> Granted, Target deserves a small share of criticism for initially
> failing to
> explain their policies clearly to Mr. Forrey when he approached
> them, but
> the stance presented in the message quoted above - that a company
> won't financially contribute to someone's pet project doesn't
> whatever cause is being represented and should therefore be
> boycotted by all
> like-minded people - is a selfish one, and in this case a grossly
> one. The Target Corporation donates a tremendous amount of money to
> charitable causes every year, and in both 2002 and 2003 they topped
> magazine's list of "America's Most Philanthropic Companies." Among
> the many
> organizations to which Target donates are veteran-related causes,
> exhibits like the one for which Mr. Forrey was seeking a
> In the Greater Cleveland area alone, Target has recently donated
> more than
> $95,000 to such worthwhile causes as the Museum of Art, the Rape
> Center, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the
> Cleveland Reads
> literacy program.
> The company has been no less generous toward veterans. Not only did
> contribute to the World War II Memorial and sponsor the 2003 tour of
> Wall that Heals" - the same exhibit for which Forrey was soliciting
> donations - but it also donated to the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans
> Association in New York, the Hays County veterans in Texas, and the
> American Veterans Auxiliaries in Michigan and California.
> As the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) noted on their website:
> Although there has been a resurgence of patriotism and support for
> nation's veterans, there have been various messages posted on the
> that would lead people to believe that corporate America,
> retail department stores, are falling short in supporting our
> The Veterans of Foreign Wars would like to remind all that the
> culture weaves rumors and misinformation. Simply put, don't believe
> everything you read. For example, an e-mail message urging veterans
> boycott Target has been circulating on the Internet because a
> request to support "The Moving Wall" was denied.
> Target has a long-held corporate policy regarding donations. And in
> fairness, Target contributes more than $2 million weekly to
> causes and is one of the corporate sponsors for the 2003 tour of the
> Veteran's Memorial Fund's "The Wall That Heals." "The Wall That
> Heals" is a
> traveling Vietnam Veterans memorial and museum that has a strong
> component for schools and serves to honor all our veterans.
> Dick Forrey, the man who started the anti-Target brouhaha, has since
> admitted his mistake:
> I made a mistake on this one, and I've learned a hard lesson -
> that's for
> sure. What started out as a message for the members in our
> organization has
> turned into a hate-type thing. I never wanted to start any national
> I just wish it would all stop.
> 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
> I've sent out a retraction, and no one pays any attention.
> Since the antiTarget message first began to circulate, several other
> have been tacked onto it by those seeking to make Target look bad:
> Target responds to charitable requests by stating they only support
> 'gay and
> lesbian causes,' that Target is French-owned, and that Target does
> contribute to the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the U.S. Marine
> and that Target refused to allow reservist employees who had been
> to continue their health benefits:
> Target's stated policy is that they provide grants at the corporate
> for programs involving the arts, education, and family violence
> 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 (which now also includes the Mervyn's and
> Field's chains of department stores) is a publicly held U.S. firm
> which has
> been based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since it began as the Dayton
> Dry Goods
> Company in 1902. Target is not now, nor has it ever been,
> Although Target stores do not directly participate in the in-store
> collection of toys for the Toys for Tots charity sponsored by the
> Marine Corps, the Target Corporation contributes to that charity by
> discounts to groups who buy toys for it, and through collecting toys
> their chain of Marshall Field's stores, one of the National
> Sponsors of the Toys for Tots program.
> Target Corporation has been recognized by the National Committee
> Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as an
> 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
> dependent coverage at the time of their deployment are eligible to
> these benefits if they so choose. Target Corporation also allows any
> team member to continue benefits as provided by the 1986
> Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
> Last updated: 17 December 2003
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