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Target makes another (even bigger) donation to Hurricane Harvey relief

It's six times larger than Target's original contribution.

Minnesota's biggest retailer has again donated a big chunk of money to Hurricane Harvey relief – and it's six times larger than the company's original contribution.

On Tuesday morning, Target announced it's committing an additional $3 million to the relief efforts. 

This comes about a week after the Minneapolis-based company donated $500,000 to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other organizations helping out in Texas.

"The additional funds will be provided to support impacted Target team members and the Gulf Coast community," Target said in a news release

Target has felt the direct impact of the hurricane, which forced the retailer to close down more than 30 stores (two of which remain shuttered). But the company says its employees are volunteering in recovery efforts, "from working to reopen closed stores... to bussing team members from across Texas into Houston to pitch in and cover shifts."

Now, those team members and other employees impacted by the disaster are getting direct help from the home office, thanks to a relief fund set up by Target and the nonprofit Global Impact. 

Additionally, more than 10,000 Target team members received $100 gift cards to help out with buying supplies for themselves and their families, the company says. 

Target says it is also working with organizations like Feeding America to "provide community support."

At least 60 people died as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and the cost of the economic recovery could be as much as $180 billion, The Associated Press reports.

Other Minnesota contributions

As we've written before, Minnesotans have characteristically stepped up in a time of national distress – and made the news because of it. 

One of the more notable contributions is that of the MyPillow company, which last week sent six truckloads of its signature product – that's 60,000 pillows – to the relief efforts in Texas. 

Meanwhile, more than two dozen Minnesota Red Cross volunteers deployed to the Gulf Coast to help storm victims.

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