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News Release
Thursday, December 01, 2011

First Gold Coin of the Season donated to The Salvation Army


Houston, TX – Just days into the official kick off of the Red Kettle fundraising campaign, last night, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received the first Gold Coin of the 2011 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 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!” 


“This is a wonderful start to our holiday fundraising efforts, and really makes all of us feel that much more motivated to continue doing what we’re doing to help others this Christmas,” said Captain Roman Leal of The Salvation Army Irvington Corps Community Center in near north Houston, 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 at 18 area facilities.  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 services 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

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