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Target prepares relief kits for Red Cross

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Tornadoes are more common this time of year, and Hurricane Season is approaching. When disaster strikes, The Red Cross is there to help people recover.

They can't serve disaster victims without people who care.  That's why Target is partnering with the American Red Cross to assemble thousands of relief kits for disaster survivors.

Target Distribution Center employees volunteered their time to fill bags with tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, razors and more for children and adults who may become victims of nature's deadly storms.

"It's on their own and they love doing this; it's fun and it's a good time," said General Manager Greg Phillips.

Roughly 60 employees formed an assembly line and quickly stuffed bags, packed giant boxes, secured and hauled them off. Employee Kenyetta Slaughter understands why it's important to lend a hand.

"We make these every year and it's a lot of fun to help the community in any way we can," Slaughter said.

More than 150 employees will pack 9,000 kits full of toiletries by the end of the week. Target purchased all the products which General Manager Greg Phillips says will go to the Red Cross for distribution.

"Volunteering is a really important part of our culture at Target and our team members really love to help out people who are need. This year,as the need develops, we'll have these kits available for the Red Cross," Phillips said.

Slaughter says the distribution center in Tifton has come a long way since it started packing kits in 2006.

"We started out small and now everyone wants to volunteer their time and do what ever they can to help people in need," Slaughter noted.

Target employees say they'd want someone to do the same if they became victims of a natural disaster. The distribution center reaches out to the community in other ways. It works with Habitat with Humanity and will participate in Tifton's Relay for Life this weekend.

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