Stein Mart Shoppers Aid Salvation Army Cause
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, February 23, 2009
Stein Mart has partnered with The Salvation Army for the second consecutive year in the national "Give & Receive" event, with the retailer giving shoppers discounts for bringing in apparel donations.
The event — set for March 5-7 at Stein Mart — comes in a critical time for the Salvation Army, which is experiencing at its Thrift and Family Stores as much as a 20% decline in donations over last year.
While supplies last, Stein Mart is offering 20% discounts on any item for donated "gently used garments in good condition." There is a limit of four coupons per person, but shoppers can donate as many pieces of clothing they can or would like to. Tax receipts are available for donations.
"During these difficult economic times, the services that The Salvation Army provides our communities have never been more important," said Jay Stein, chairman of Stein Mart. "It's rewarding to see our loyal customers join us in our efforts to support this valued organization."
Last year, Stein Mart customers donated more than 400,000 pieces of clothing during the event. All proceeds from the Thrift and Family Stores directly support The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
"The economic downturn has meant that people are keeping their gently used items longer so we are seeing fewer donations to our thrift and family stores," said Major George Hood, The Salvation Army's national community relations and development secretary. "This means that we have fewer goods to sell and therefore less funding for our life-changing programs. Stein Mart's support, and that of their shoppers, is vital to our service."
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