Making the Most of the Holidays at Target House

December 30, 2011 - Article reads in
Michael Graves's sculpture outside Target House

In 1999, Target teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases – to build the St. Jude Target House.

A nurturing home-away-from-home, the St. Jude Target House is a supportive place for children and their families to live, play and heal during months of treatment in Memphis, Tenn. During the holidays, the house becomes even more important to the kids who call it home. As part of St. Jude’s commitment to its families, no family ever pays St. Jude for care – St. Jude covers the cost of treatment, travel, food and lodging for each patient and a family member.

To help long-term patients feel like ordinary kids, the staff at the St. Jude Target House throws several Carnival events each year, including a December “Wish List” event. Last week, children took part in exciting activities, snapped pictures in the photo booth and danced along to a special performance by singer Matt Nathanson. In between games and activities, each patient and their siblings got to choose a gift from Target. Toys, jewelry, video games, sports equipment and art supplies were the favorites.

In addition to the carnival, Target looks for other ways to support the patients and families of St. Jude.  The Heartwork program brought together ten talented artists to create a series of posters celebrating Michael Graves’s elephant sculpture that stands at the front entrance of the house – a symbol of life, luck and strength. Proceeds go towards supplying more and better art supplies for the children. That’s what we call art from the heart!

This year’s artists include Anna Chambers, Johnny Yanok, Ryan Clark and Christopher Lee. The limited-edition posters are available at through Dec. 31.

1. “Snailaphant” by Nate Williams 2. “Tuskers Ahoy” By Michael Bartalos 3. “Waterworks” By Ryan Clark 4. “Balancing Act” by Christopher Lee5. “Circus” by Katie Kirk 6. “Elephants Love Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter” By Johnny Yanok 7. “When Elephants Fly” By Anna Chambers 8. “Better Days Ahead” By Richard Boynton 9. “Love to Grow” by Scott Thares 10. “Collaboration” by Don Clark

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