Target Cancels Stuff-a-Cruiser Event, Donates Funds
Bethel Police Department announced they were going to be holding a Stuff-a-Cruiser event this Saturday, which was posted on Wednesday on Bethel Buzz News. They were working with Target in Bethel to host the event to make it easy for shoppers to donate to Bethel’s needy families. After publishing the article Tuesday, the corporate offices said they could not hold the event due to their “no solicitation” policy. Target instead has decided to make a donation to the police department and has issued the following press release:
“Target partners year-round with local law enforcement across the country, including the Bethel Police Department, and annually evaluate how we can best partner to make a positive impact in the community.
This year, Target is providing a $1,000 grant to the “Stuff a Cruiser” event to enable the police department to purchase gifts for area children. Prior to this weekend’s shopping event, additional donations will also be accepted at the Bethel Police Department.
Target is focused on creating a great shopping experience for our guests, which includes providing them with a distraction-free shopping environment. Therefore, we prohibit solicitation at our stores regardless of the cause or issue being represented. We continue to educate our stores across the country to ensure they have a thorough understanding of Target’s policies.
Target donates 5 percent of our profits to communities—more than $4 million per week—and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year to non-profit organizations across the country and continuously evaluate our partnerships to ensure they are supporting the community.”
Molly Snyder, Communications Manager, Target
Officer Bruckenthal is in the process of finding a new location for the Stuff-a-Cruiser event. Bethel Buzz will post it as soon as it is confirmed.