Target Stores and also K Mart (Big K) has banned the bell ringers of the Salvation Army from collecting money for their charity in front of their stores.
Anyone else think that's just wrong and sad? I mean Salvation Army has helped thousands if not millions of people enjoy a Christmas every year. For these stores to ban such a thing, officially means I will not be doing business this holiday season at K Mart or Target. Walmart might be EVIL, but at least they'll allow the Bell Ringers to collect money for a good cause.
This further proves, that America is becoming more and more selfish and corrupt. It's nice to see being selfish starts and the Government and is working it's way down to everyone else.
Target policy may hurt Salvation Army goal
Diana Louise Carter
(November 3, 2004) — Coming off a year in which the red-kettle campaign fell short of its goal, the local Salvation Army is facing one more hurdle for 2004: Target will no longer allow bell ringers in front of its stores.
"Target is definitely one of the larger stores that says we can't stand there this year. The four stores in the area represented between 8 and 9 percent of our kettle program," said Salvation Army Major Charles Deitrick.
A Target spokeswoman said the company notified the national Salvation Army early this year of its decision to enforce its longstanding policy of prohibiting solicitors.
"We have this policy to ensure a distraction-free shopping environment," said Target's Lena Michaud, speaking by phone from company headquarters in Minneapolis. The company was getting an increasing number of requests from nonprofit groups and couldn't continue to say no when it had allowed an exception for the Salvation Army, she said. She noted the company's philanthropic programs give away approximately $2 million a week. Deitrick said the Rochester Salvation Army will apply to Target's foundation in an attempt to make up the loss.
Losing kettles at Target "makes it difficult to meet the needs of helping families at Christmas time, but also the ability to take some of those dollars into our winter relief programs," Deitrick said.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is increasing efforts to meet its goal of $575,000 this year — the same goal as last year, when the campaign fell short by $30,000.
Deitrick said the army is trying to double the number of volunteers it had last year to cut down on campaign costs. Although volunteers far outnumbered paid bell ringers, they accounted for just 13 percent of the hours last year.
Salvation Army spokesman Scott Benjamin said the organization has appealed to many local companies, asking them to hold internal red-kettle campaigns. So far, 18 companies have agreed to start or extend in-house campaigns. There were five last year.
One of the newcomers is Time Warner Cable's Rochester division.
"I just didn't realize we could participate as a company. As soon as we heard about it, we thought this is going to be great fun," said Pat Scheg, vice president of human resources at Time Warner. The company will set up kettles inside its entrances Dec. 10 and bring them to the company holiday party the next day.
Benjamin said volunteers at other red kettles will be asked to fill — perhaps with the help of friends — an entire shift, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., this year instead of committing to just one or two hours. Deitrick said filling whole shifts would cut down on the cost of hired workers.
I want to know, since when has Charity Bell Ringers become 'solicititation'? It's a Cold, Harsh, Cruel USA out there folks, I don't suspect we're going to be around much longer if the current trend of being selfish continues. It's sad