October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! As we have since 2011, we teamed up with our Saratoga Springs Fire Department to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness by their wearing a limited edition SSFD shirt which we offer for sale to the general public with ALL of the profits being donated to Floyd Warriors this year. In 2011, Impressions wanted to create a Saratoga souvenir T-Shirt that incorporated well know Saratoga icons with the color pink to help to raise awareness of this devastating disease that has affected so many people we know. We planned to cover the cost of the t’s and printing with all of the profit being donated to a breast cancer charity. It was very important to us to have the dollars stay in our own community so we approached the organization Too Life, to ask their permissions to make them the beneficiary, which they happily agreed to. Along the way, it came to our attention that the SSFD was going to create a shirt that all of the Firemen would wear as their uniform for the same month and we decided to work together for the maximum effect, rather than compete with one another! Since then we have worked with the SSFD to produce and market a new shirt and design each year. To date we have jointly raised $7500 that has been donated to; Too Life, Floyd Warriors and Kelly’s Angels. Each one of these groups works hard to provide some area of support to those people struggling to get through their battle with breast cancer and their families. We very much want to support our neighbors fighting this fight, many who are good friends, good customers, and family. We are equally proud to work with our local fire fighters and by working together we are able to donate more to our local organizations. It truly is a joint effort that has been wholeheartedly supported by our residents as well as our out of town guests! Hardly a day goes by that we don’t have a customer comment on an acquaintance or family member that has been affected by this awful disease. More often than not, they are happy to purchase a tee shirt or hoodie to support our efforts. This Saturday, October 11th from 1 till 4 pm - our local Saratoga Springs Fire Department has its annual open house at the Lake Ave station house. We will be on site to offer the 2014 design on a Tee Shirt, Long Sleeve Tee Shirt, Ladies V Neck Shirt and a Hooded Sweatshirt! It’s a really fun day for kids and adults alike. The fire fighters do a great job educating us on fire safety and have lots of goodies, tours and demonstrations including a live demo of how the Jaws of Life work and how the hook and ladder truck works. ssfd open house Shirts may also be ordered online. If you know of a local not for profit that we have missed who might benefit from our efforts with the SSFD next year, please pass that information on to us and we will consider the request!