Target makes donation for vans

Published 11:04 am Monday, January 24, 2011

Michael McClellan, human resources representative for the Target distribution center in Suffolk, right, presents a check to David Price, board member for Senior Services of Southeaster Virginia to help pay for repairs to eight senior citizen vans damaged by vandals in November in Franklin. Also looking on, from left, are John Skirven, chief executive office for Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia; Randy Willis with Target; Maurice Biggs, a Senior Services board member; and Benjamin Holland.

FRANKLIN—Two representatives from the Target distribution center in Suffolk last week made a $225 donation to Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia to help pay for repairs on vans that were vandalized in November in Franklin.

Randy Willis, facility operation group leader, and Michael McClellan, human resources representative, presented the money during a gathering at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Franklin.

Vandals hit Blake Ford Mercury and Cars & Credit, breaking windows out of about 20 vehicles, including eight that were used for transporting elderly and handicapped residents. The vandals shattered windshields and windows on the eight vehicles. In two wheelchair-accessible vans, the criminals discharged fire extinguishers.

The vehicles are used for I-Ride shuttle services in Franklin, Southampton and Courtland, and to transport residents to senior centers in Zuni, Franklin and Suffolk, deliver frozen meals to seniors in rural areas, transport seniors in Franklin to the Western Tidewater Free Clinic in Suffolk and provide seniors transportation to their medical appointments.