The Tax Man Cometh (3 Days Late!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This year the federal income tax filing deadline has been delayed by 3 days. Due to the Washington, DC holiday Emancipation Day being observed on April 15, filers have until Monday, April 18 to get their paperwork in order and submitted to the IRS.

For those of you still working on your taxes, we want to help. If you plan to write off Salvation Army in-kind donations, we have a helpful Donation Value Guide that offers the low and high estimated worth of a long list of appliances, clothing, furniture, household goods, and miscellaneous items.

(Bad joke warning!) Feel free to refer to this guide to make your taxes just a little less…taxing.

Sammy’s Got Style

Monday, April 4, 2011

The fashion-focused mind behind Sammy Davis Vintage. (Photo: sammydvintage.com)

Sammy Davis is on a mission for vintage.

In 2009 the young stylist and writer founded Sammy Davis Vintage to “make vintage fashion more accessible to the contemporary woman of New York City.” She’s traversed many trunk shows, flea markets, and second-hand stops to find just the right pieces for one-of-a-kind style.

Sammy regularly shares her shopping tips and styling tricks on her website sammydvintage.com. Her latest web video, “How to Mix Stripes in One Outfit,” was filmed on site at a Salvation Army Family Store in Manhattan, and she uses clothes from the store to create a look straight from New York’s runway.

Check out her video below. We hope it inspires you to get creative with the many fashion finds at your local Salvation Army Family & Thrift stores!

FedEx Lends Their Support to Japan Relief

Friday, April 1, 2011

FedEx has a long history of supporting survivors of natural disasters worldwide. They’ve even partnered with us during many of our local and international relief efforts.

We want to express our gratitude to them yet again, as FedEx has committed $1 million to support the Japan disaster relief work of several non-profit organizations, including $100,000 to The Salvation Army.

Their donation will come in the form of in-kind transportation, which will be a huge help to our work. It’s usually extremely expensive and inefficient to ship materials long distance when they can be bought locally to the disaster site. But there are some things, such as technologies, medical supplies, specialized items, or scarce materials, that are not readily available and must be transported from afar.

The Salvation Army in Japan is working diligently at several sites assisting survivors. Besides blankets, they have not yet requested additional materials from our Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) here in the United States. If and when they do express additional needs over the course of rebuilding, we are prepared to respond quickly.

We are extremely grateful to FedEx, whose donation will go a long way in supporting Japan recovery.

To learn more about FedEx disaster relief efforts, visit news.fedex.com or about.fedex.com.

Salvation Army Board Member Finds Herself in the Middle of Japan’s Quake

Friday, April 1, 2011

Donna Britt is a Salvation Army Advisory Board member and news anchor with WAFB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was traveling with her family in Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.

The way her story unfolds is no less than eerie. While they were visiting the Science and Technology Museum the day before, a volunteer showed her husband an earthquake sensor exhibit with real-time readouts indicating recent tremors.

It was the next day when Donna’s family was on their way to a Natural Disaster Museum to experience their “earthquake simulator” when they found themselves in the middle of the real thing!

Now safely back home in the United States, she’s written an account of the event and shared it under her bio at news station WAFB’s site. You can read her complete story of the events here: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=14305750

Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Tren”, she said, motioning above her head that the subway train may have rattled us. But immediately the shuddering intensified and I felt one of my feet rise, independent of the other…then my second foot rose right after it. THE TILE FLOOR WAS RIPPLING. Disconcerted, I placed my hand on the tile wall to steady myself when the wall rippled. I looked and the tile was moving with ridges like waves passing over it.

…for that one split-second, my mind said “the last place you want to be in an earthquake is UNDERGROUND”.