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Houston, TX (December 3, 2009)

With the arrival of snow, comes the second Gold Coin of the Christmas season for the Salvation Army in Houston

Just one day after receiving the first Gold Coin of the Christmas season, last night, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received a second Gold Coin at a Red Kettle site located at 5280 Buffalo Speedway. The 50 Dollar Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Coin, valued at more than $1,100, was discovered outside of a local Walgreens.

The Gold Coin was wrapped inside of a one dollar bill with an accompanying note that read “A child is born, Jesus! Merry Christmas!”

“Receiving two gold coins in two days is quite rare, so we are very excited about this happening here in Houston,” said Major Richard Branscum of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Corps, 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.

That marks a 20 percent increase in registrants from the previous year. 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.

In this community since 1889, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, shelter, disaster relief, counseling, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. Each year over 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army. About 88.4 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support those services in Houston and at close to 9,000 communities nationwide.