Salvation Army receives golden weekend surprise

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As the first real snowfall came this weekend, covering the county with a beautiful blanket of snow and slushy roads, The Salvation Army of Livingston County wondered what it would do to the Red Kettle donations. Would people stay home? Or would they give more generously?

The answer was give more generously!

The Salvation Army of Livingston County received a pleasant surprise in the weekend’s Red Kettles, four gold coins and a gold bar. This is in addition to the two silver coins received the week before. As Christmas nears and the year is ending, some generous individuals heard the need for help and help is exactly what they did.

The gold and silver totaled over $6100, helping the weekend’s Red Kettle donations total around $13,290. Without the gold, the kettle donations for the weekend would not have reached their expected totals.

Although The Salvation Army is not out of the woods yet, with a little over $173,612 still needed to reach its $385,000 goal, The Salvation Army would like to thank the generous donor of the gold and silver. He or she brought smiles to the faces of the volunteers and staff counting donations, as well as reminding them that our community has faithfully helped The Salvation Army meet the needs of individuals and families throughout the years and will once again do that this Christmas season.

Those wishing to help The Salvation Army reach their goal can drop donations in the Red Kettles at all locations through Dec. 24. Monetary donations can be brought in to: The Salvation Army; 503 Lake Street; Howell, MI 48843; sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 647, Howell, MI 48844, or you can visit us on the web to donate at:, or text HOPELC to 41444

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