TARGET Sends Sanitation Kits to Haiti, American Refugee Committee Works to Curtail the Spread of Infection


Minneapolis, February 11, 2010 — 

Target is sending 6,500 sanitation kits to Haiti by working with the American Refugee Committee, which has on-the-ground teams providing shelter, sanitation, and medical care.  The kits contain anti-bacterial soap, latex gloves, swabs and bandages, pain relievers and cold medicine, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo/body wash, lip balm, lotion and more. These items help protect against the spread of infection and illness.

“Protection against germs and disease is one of the biggest concerns for the people of Haiti,” said Daniel Wordsworth, President and CEO of the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian aid agency headquartered in Minneapolis (  “We are grateful to organizations like Target for providing supplies that help keep people clean, healthy and hydrated.”

American Refugee Committee doctors have set up a busy clinic in the Terraine D’Acra settlement, which has expanded to more than 5,000 people.  The small medical team consists of three doctors from the U.S., assisted by a local Haitian doctor and four Haitian nurses.  They see about 130 earthquake survivors each day, a third of them are children.

As infections are a growing problem, the doctors have also set up a small pharmacy to distribute medicine and medical supplies donated by companies in the United States.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,744 stores in 49 states nationwide and at Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

About the American Refugee Committee
The American Refugee Committee is an international humanitarian aid agency that works to help people take back control of their lives.  The partnerships we form with our constituents and supporters provide essential services and economic  opportunities to people who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster.  The organization has extensive experience in disaster relief, including recent responses to the Tsunami in Thailand and earthquakes and floods in Pakistan.  Each year, the American Refugee Committee works with nearly 2.5 million people in Africa and Asia.

To Make A Donation
To donate to the American Refugee Committee, visit, call 800-875-7060 or write to:

American Refugee Committee
430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Press contact: Therese Gales at (612) 221-5161 or Emily Porter at (612) 940-2238.

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