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Third Gold Coin of the Season donated to The Salvation Army
Houston, TX (December 20, 2013) – Last night, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received
its third Gold Coin of the 2013 season, at the Red Kettle at Walmart, located at 1118 Silber. Similar to the
first gold coin of the season, this 1983 South African krugerrand was wrapped inside of a one dollar bill with
a note that read “A child is born, Jesus! Merry Christmas!”
With the Thanksgiving holiday arriving later in the month, this year’s annual Red Kettle campaign is shorter
by a vital five days. Donations coming in between now and the end of the year are critically important to
The Salvation Army’s ability to meet needs right here in our community.
We are encouraging the public to donate generously to the red kettles found on street corners, in malls, and
at local retailers, or online at www.salvationarmyhouston.org. Donations can also be given by phone at
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The red kettle locations where the three gold coins have been donated are operated by The Salvation Army
Irvington Corps Community Center in near north Houston, under Lieutenant Joshua McKain.
The first gold coin was received on Tuesday, December 3rd at a Red Kettle site at the Sam’s Club, located at
5310 South Rice Avenue. The 1980 South African krugerrand was wrapped inside of a one dollar bill with an
accompanying note that read “A child is born, Jesus!”
The second gold coin was received on Thursday, December 5th at a Red Kettle site at the Walgreens, located
at 6360 San Felipe. The 2013 Lady Liberty was wrapped inside of a one dollar bill with an accompanying note
that read “Thanks be to God, for His indescribable gift! –Jesus Christ– 2 Corinthians 9:15”.
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. 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.