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First Gold Coin of the Season donated to The Salvation Army
Houston, TX (December 3, 2013) – Just days into the official kick off of the Red Kettle
fundraising campaign, today, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received
the first Gold Coin of the 2013 season, at a Red Kettle site located at 5310 South Rice
Avenue in southwest Houston. The one ounce gold coin was discovered outside of a local
The Gold Coin is a 1980 South African krugerrand and was wrapped inside of a one dollar
bill with an accompanying note that read “A child is born, Jesus!”
The red kettle location where the gold coin was donated is operated by The Salvation
Army Irvington Corps Community Center in near north Houston, under Lieutenant Joshua McKain.
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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 25,000 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.
In this community since 1889, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, 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. For more information about The
Salvation Army, please visit www.salvationarmyhouston.org.