Houston, TX (December 2, 2010) – Just five days after officially kicking off The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s “Season of Giving” Red Kettle Campaign, last night, the First Gold Coin of the Christmas season was donated at a Red Kettle site located at 5310 S Rice Ave in the City of Houston. The 50 Dollar Gold Coin, valued at more than $1,100, was discovered outside of a local Sam’s Club.
The Gold Coin was wrapped inside of a one dollar bill with an accompanying note that read “A child is Born, Jesus!”
“Receiving a gold coin is quite special, so we are very excited about this happening here in Houston,” said Major Roman Leal, of The Salvation Army’s Irvington Corps Community Center, which operates this particular kettle location. “That tells us there are a lot of people out there with generosity in their hearts who really believe in the true spirit of the Christmas season. Whoever this donor or donors are thank you! We will put the funds raised by this Gold Coin to good use.”
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is the largest and oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, and the funds raised locally benefit programs and services operated by the Greater Houston Area Command across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. These programs and services include the nonprofit organization’s annual Angel Tree program.
Some 30,000 children and seniors have registered to receive new unwrapped gifts from The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command, this year, as part of its annual Christmas assistance program known as the Angel Tree program. Other programs supported by the Red Kettle campaign include year-round youth and senior programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, shelters, financial assistance, and disaster relief, etc.