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(Washington, DC, June 28, 2011) – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command unveiled a new computer lab and reading library today at the Fairfax Corps during a brief noon-time ceremony. Major Wendy Morris, Area Command Coordinator for Women’s Ministries, was joined by Fairfax Corps Officers Majors Earl and Janice Fitzgerald and several advisory board members in cutting the ribbon to officially open the center made possible by a $25,000 Target Library Grant.  The new center is housed in renovated space at The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps located at 4915 Ox Road. 

The computer lab and reading library will serve children from needy Fairfax area families currently enrolled in the R.O.C.K. (Relying on Christ the King.) The free weekly after-school program is open to children of all ages to provide a safe, stable, nurturing place to do for them to their homework, work on school projects and fellowship with their peers.

The computers all contain Jumpstart educational software to assist children in the learning process. The Target Library Grant also paid for paint, carpeting, tables, chairs, sofas, throw rugs and a television.

Since Target started this initiative, the company has given away more than $3 million in Library Grants to Salvation Army facilities across the country to create similar computer labs.

Fairfax Corps Officer Major Earl Fitzgerald said, “The Salvation Army is grateful to Target for its partnership and ongoing commitment to help people in need in Fairfax and in communities throughout the National Capital region.”

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at more than 1,600 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

About The Salvation Army and the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination in the United States and across the world. The National Capital Area Command more than 63,000 individuals and families throughout the past year by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include feeding for the hungry, victim disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

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