Salvation Army Discovers “Inspired” Silver
Just before Thanksgiving, an anonymous donor dropped a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin in one of The Salvation Army’s red kettles. The coin was given for the ninth year in a row and wrapped in a note that read, “In loving memory of Mimi”. Today, The Salvation Army of Lee Hendry and Glades counties discovered another anonymous donation. Someone dropped a 2012 Liberty Eagle silver dollar coin into a red kettle at the Publix at Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs. It was accompanied by a note that reads “Inspired by: In Memory of Mimi donor…”.
“This is not the first time the Mimi coin has inspired someone to give,” said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties. “That’s one of the wonderful by-products of generosity.”
This generous donations comes at a good time – with 13 days left to ring, The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties has reached 45.5% of its goal of $615,000. Donations raised during the red kettle campaign help fund The Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer program as well as dozens of other programs that help those in need year-round: shelter for homeless families, food for the hungry and rehabilitative services for those suffering from addiction, to name a few.
Interesting fact about the coin: The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is struck only in the one-troy ounce size, which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Thus, its estimated value is equal to the trading value of an ounce of silver.
Donations and volunteer bellringers are desperately needed. The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties has bellringers at over 60 locations throughout Lee County. To volunteer, call 278-1551.
About The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.