Aug 122019
 

Children from P.S. 138 in Brooklyn attended the 2019 Back To School Shopping Spree at the Atlantic Terminal Target on Saturday, August 10th.  Each child received $60. to shop for clothing, accessories and school supplies for the new school year.  The children were accompanied by volunteers from the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter NYSSEA and P.S. 138.  Target provided breakfast before the spree and snacks after the spree, as well as coloring books and crayons.  Special thanks to Koreen Jervis, our Brooklyn/Queens Spree Director and all of the volunteers who made this a wonderful event.

You can tell the spree was such a success by all of the smiles – see photos below!

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Jul 292019
 

On Sunday, July 28th, more than 30 children in need from P.S. 121 gathered at the Queens Place Target store in Elmhurst, Queens for the 2019 Back To School Shopping Spree.  Accompanied by volunteers, the children were given $60. to shop for clothes, accessories and school supplies for the new school year. 

Before the spree began, Target provided breakfast and coloring books and crayons.  After the spree the children had snacks, colored and compared their purchases.

There were smiles on small and large faces – everyone had an amazing time!  Thank you to our Brooklyn-Queens Coordinator, Koreen Jervis and all of the volunteers from the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter NYSSEA, as well as volunteers from P.S. 121 and Evelyn Vadi, Principal.  Special thanks to Janet Garrett for doing such an awesome job coordinating with the parents to make sure the students could participate.

 

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Apr 032019
 

On Sunday, March 31, 2019, twenty-five children from Walter C. Black Elementary School in the East Windsor school district shopped with volunteer chaperones from The Peddie School from Hightstown, NJ.  This was the first Make A Smile Foundation event held at the East Windsor Target store, where the children shopped for  clothes, shoes and accessories, accompanied by the high school volunteers.

Each student was given an envelope with $60 and, with help from their designated chaperone, picked out items and paid for their purchases.  Before the shopping spree began, the children had breakfast and colored while they got acquainted with the volunteers.  After they paid for the merchandise, they had a snack and waited for their parents to arrive.  The children were extremely excited about their purchases and their smiles were contagious.

Special thanks to Make A Smile Board Members Melanie Patrick and Glenn Garlatti for attending, the fabulous Samantha and her team at Target, as well as Heather Gladkowski, school principal, for the wonderful job she did coordinating the students.  The volunteer chaperones from The Peddie School and Director Jim Truslow did an amazing job and they cannot wait for the next event – thanks to all of you!

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Jan 082019
 

December 13, 2018 – School guidance counselors and National Honor Society high school students were among the volunteers who chaperoned 39 children at the Phoenix Spectrum Target store for the first annual Holiday Party & Shopping Spree in Arizona.  After the children purchased toys with funds provided by Make A Smile and other sponsors, they had snacks and activities and met “Santa”.  After giving each of them a wrapped toy, “Santa” took keepsake photos with each child. 

Thank you to all of our fabulous volunteers, Spree Coordinators Catherine del Rey and Dennis Kolodin, Meleika Wadley of Phoenix Elementary School District #1, Sandy Lockner and “Santa”, Target  and our Board of Directors.

 

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Dec 212018
 

December 9, 2018 – Volunteers joined 42 children at the Target store in Manalapan, NJ for the annual Holiday Spree.  After the children purchased toys with funds provided by Make A Smile and M&T Bank, they had snacks and activities and met “Santa”.  After giving them a wrapped toy, “Santa” took keepsake photos with each child. 

Thank you to our fabulous volunteers, Spree Coordinator Laurie Kaminsky and our Board of Directors.  M&T Bank and the Freehold Boro School District (including Superintendent Rocco Tomazic) were well-represented by volunteers.

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Dec 212018
 

December 2, 2018 – 42 children gathered at the Milltown, NJ Target store for another wonderful Holiday Party & Shopping Spree!  The children, accompanied by volunteers, shopped for toys with funds provided by Make A Smile and other sponsors.  Target provided breakfast and snacks and the children got to sing carols and meet “Santa”.  They received a wrapped gift from him and kept photos they took with him.

Thank you to all our volunteers, Trish and the Target team and our Board of Directors. 

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Jul 232018
 

On Sunday, July 22, 2018 children and volunteers gathered for a Back To School Shopping Spree in the Atlantic Terminal Target store.  Accompanied by an adult volunteer, the children had $60. each to shop for clothes and school supplies.  They had breakfast, provided by Target, and then gathered to color and have snacks after the spree.  The children had a wonderful experience, thanks to our sponsors and our awesome volunteers!

 

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May 082018
 

Make A Smile Foundation added two new Spring Fling Shopping Sprees this year…………..both hosted by Target stores, in Milltown, NJ on April 22nd and on May 6th in Manalapan, NJ.  Children from local schools, ages 4 through 8, went on a “shopping spree”chaperoned by adult volunteers.  Each child was given $60. to purchase new clothes, gifts and toys at the Target store.  Target provided breakfast and snacks and the children had lots of fun coloring before and after shopping.  Our volunteers and school personnel were awesome, as usual!  Kudos to our Volunteer Coordinators, Hollie Cerame (Milltown) and Laurie Kaminsky (Manalapan)!  

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Dec 132017
 

We hosted two successful Holiday Party & Shopping Spree events:

On December 3rd nearly 50 children, ages 4 – 8,  attended the spree at the Milltown, NJ Target and had the opportunity to shop for toys and gifts.  Then they sang carols, had snacks and met Santa.  After Santa gave out gifts, the children got to take a photo with him.

36 children participated at the December 10th at the Manalapan, NJ Target.  This was a new spree that was sponsored by M&T Bank.

Please see below, from one of our voluteers, who is a kindergarten teacher:

“Thank you so much for including Freehold Boro in your foundation.  It was such an amazing day! All of us were full of smiles!!!! Teachers as well as students!! “

Randee Mandelbaum

 

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Oct 062017
 

MT logo color  THANK YOU FOR THE GRANT!  THIS WILL HELP PUT SMILES ON EVEN MORE FACES!  

 

 Target-Logo-target-2358262-999-226  WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO THE TARGET CORPORATION FOR THEIR GRANT!

 

We expect to increase the number of children participating this year by nearly 80%, as a result of these generous grants!