NBC's Friends stars present $1 million donation to American Red Cross

On the set of Friends, Target Stores presented a $1 million donation to Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, in celebration of the Friends series finale on May 6.

Target recently partnered with Warner Home Video to bring fans the Friends Party Pack, sold exclusively at Target Stores, featuring a DVD of the producers’ favorite Friends party episodes, a CD sampler, and party favors including a commemorative serving tray, party recipes, coasters, Central Perk House Blend branded coffee, Friends trivia cards, and access to special Friends-themed EVites online party invitations. The promotion included a generous contribution to the American Red Cross and The Lili Claire Foundation. Friends star Matthew Perry represented The Lili Claire Foundation at the event.

“I am very pleased to count Target Stores and Warner Bros. as friends of the American Red Cross,” said Evans, “and I am particularly grateful for Target’s generous contribution, which will help the Red Cross in fulfilling our very important mission.”

Red Cross chapters across the country are celebrating the award-winning series Friends through local events and promotions that highlight the lifesaving work of the organization.

Target and Warner Home Video donated a quantity of the Friends Party Packs and Friends Season Six DVDs for chapters in major markets to use to boost fundraising efforts and awareness for the services Red Cross provides to the community.

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 900 field units dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1 million volunteers and 36,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 70,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and keeps U.S. military families connected worldwide. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide. Marsha J. Evans is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.

Minneapolis-based Target Stores serves guests at 1,249 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

The Lili Claire Foundation is a nonprofit organization that benefits individuals born with neurogenetic disorders such as Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Autism, while providing resources and assistance to the families who love them. For more information on the foundation please visit


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