Salvation Army Begins Emergency Response After Tornadoes Rip Through Midwest States

Monday, November 18, 2013
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The following was provided by The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website.  After a number of powerful tornadoes caused serious damage in the American states of Illinois, Indiana…

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From Railroads to Rehabilitation

Friday, January 25, 2013

At the height of his alcoholism, Clyde Hensley would pray, “God, don’t wake me up in the morning.” He didn’t want to be a burden on anyone, including himself. Growing…

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Furniture Campaign Helps Ohio Family Start Over

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tasjana Varner and her kids, of Akron, OH, are truly starting over in life, thanks to The Salvation Army and American Signature Furniture’s Million Dollar Furniture campaign. Once…

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All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Trust us, you won’t wear that again! Donate it to a good cause. Photo: 27 Dresses

I’m not as bad of a dress hoarder as Katherine Heigl in “27 Dresses,” but for awhile I did have several bridesmaid and formal gowns filling the dark recesses of my closet. Those dresses and I told ourselves it was just a matter of time before we went out, together again, to that next big party.

But we both knew it wasn’t really going to happen. Then there finally came the day when we (mutually) decided it was best to move on, and our last hurrah took place at The Salvation Army Thrift Store donation center. It was good closure to know that they would make some deserving young women very happy for just the right occasion.

In truth, most women probably have a handful of formal dresses collecting dust in their closets. The Ashland Salvation Army Kroc Center in Ohio is hosting an event that could provide that needed push to purge.

As a part of “The Princess Closet,” the Kroc is collecting gently used prom, homecoming, and bridesmaid gowns to make sure every young woman can be outfitted for prom night. Through generous public donations the event will help girls who cannot afford a new prom dress find something equally beautiful. Plus, the girls will get expert advice on hair styles and makeup.

Is there a better fate for your old dresses? I can’t think of any.

If you don’t live in the Ashland, OH area, just take your dresses to a nearby Salvation Army donation center. Plenty of young women will be searching our stores for that perfect prom dress. Yours may be just the one they’re looking for.

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Honor Society In Nashville, “Doing the Most Good” as National Tour Wraps Up

Friday, May 7, 2010

Honor Society, the popular new band that we’ve partnered with the last few months, is wrapping up their national Here Comes Trouble tour with a show tonight in Nashville and a concert tomorrow in Atlanta tomorrow, May 8.

***If you’re in the Nashville area and able to make it out to the concert at Rocketown tonight, please bring nonperishable food items! Alex, Andrew, Michael, and Jason are holding a food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry, and you can help them in “doing the most good!” ***

Honor Society has done an INCREDIBLE job of supporting Salvation Army programs across the country. They no doubt have a lot of things they are doing as they enjoy their national tour, but we very much appreciate that they’re also making it a priority to give back to communities along the way and encouraging their fans to do the same!

Check out the most recent clips the band recorded of their time in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Allentown, PA (April 29): Honor Society served dinner to excited kids at the Community Center, and in a slight role reversal, the band was the audience to some children eager to show off their talents!

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Washington, DC (April 26): The guys visited the Washington, DC Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and had a soulful jam session with the choir.
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Cleveland, Ohio (April 21): Andrew, Alex, Michael, and Jason surprised the local Salvation Army Harbor Light Center’s homeless families by serving them dinner.

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Tax Payers See Exciting Returns with Salvation Army’s Help

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hopefully you’ve finished your tax returns since today is the deadline to have those in the mail! By tomorrow, thankfully, that burden should be behind us.

And as a nice surprise, some Salvation Army clients in Ohio recently found their tax burden has turned into a tax blessing!

Last week we discussed how many Salvation Army community centers offer free tax filing preparation and assistance. Specifically, The Salvation Army of Marion, Ohio is the 2nd most active participating site in their state, serving 489 people to date and completing 495 federal and 392 state tax returns. Adena Pennington, the Income Tax Program Director, is also the 2nd most active program director in the state. In total, more than $500,600 refund dollars have been requested from Marion County through this free program, and they’ve had many happy clients!

Sheryl Simmons from the Marion Salvation Army recounted the story of a woman named Anne who made an appointment to have an Ohio Benefit Bank counselor assist her with her federal and state income tax filing. Anne is married with 1 child but was filing separately from her husband. After completing her tax forms, Anne was to get a federal refund of $111.00. She then spoke with The Salvation Army about her tax return, and Sheryl recommended she and her husband file jointly so as to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). They agreed, and not only did they qualify for the EITC of $2,000, they also received a child tax credit, earning them a total refund of more than $4,000! Anne and her husband will also be making an appointment to have their 2008 return amended since they’ve been filing separately for several years, and chances are they’ll probably receive a significant refund for that return as well.

Marion Salvation Army’s Major Jim Sayer said, “This is why we provide this service. This family did not know that they could qualify, and that their filing status prevented them from claiming the EITC.”

Sheryl said several days later a woman named Pat came into The Salvation Army for a food appointment. She had gone to a local “professional tax preparation chain” and was charged almost $300 to have her return filed. Since she did not have the money to pay the company, they deducted the fee from her refund. Pat still owed taxes from a previous year so her refund would not be returned, and now she still owes the company $300. Once Pat discovered that The Salvation Army files tax returns free of charge, she vowed to come to them instead next year.

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