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United Way of Nashville and Target “Share a Tree” and Bring Holiday Cheer to Families

December 21, 2012

Media Contact:
Stefanie Schroeder, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
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December 21, 2012, NASHVILLE, TENN. – For the 22nd consecutive year, Target stores across the country are celebrating the season by donating more than 10,000 holiday trees nationally to United Way clients as part of the Target Share-a-Tree Program.

Throughout December, United Way and its volunteers will distribute the trees—worth more than $200,000—to families in need as well as partners such as shelters, community centers and childcare programs nationwide.

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville delivered 26 trees to various United Way Family Resource Centers and United Way Read to Succeed sites around the community. United Way Family Resource Centers are one-stop shops for at-risk individuals and families and provide resources such as food, clothing, financial education and GED classes. United Way Read to Succeed sites help to prepare at-risk preschool children with early literacy education so that they can succeed in kindergarten.

“United Way is proud of the longstanding partnership with Target on this special program that makes the holidays a little brighter for families,” said United Way Worldwide President & CEO Brian Gallagher. “We appreciate Target’s leadership in communities nationwide and hope Share-a-Tree inspires everyone to find unique ways to give back and lift someone else’s spirit.”

As further demonstration of its commitment to building stronger communities, Target team members volunteered more than 475,000 hours in 2012 in communities across the country.

“The holiday season is a time when we all think about the community and togetherness in general,” said Adrienne Figueroa, human resources manager at the White Bridge Road Target store. “We’re honored to have a partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville year-round, but especially this one that spreads the holiday cheer to those who need it most this time of year.”

About United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information about United Way, please visit:

About United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville seeks to impact the education, financial stability and health of Nashvillians through partnerships, innovation and return on investment. Last year the organization produced a direct and identifiable impact of $55 million through its 2-1-1 Helpline, Family Resource Centers, Read to Succeed Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, Days of Action and Outcome-Based Investments. For more information about how United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is positively impacting the Nashville community, visit:

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,782 stores across the United States and at The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit