Freely given, humbly received
4 arcade tokens, 3 watch batteries,
2 foreign coins and 1 hoop earring
By Rebecca Van Nydeggen
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[January 09, 2010]
It might sound like one of the verses of the
Christmas carol "Twelve Days of Christmas," but these are not song
lyrics. Neither are they part of a shopping list. What are they?
Just a small part of the inventory of the contents of some Salvation
Army red kettles in December.
People drop all kinds of interesting things into the kettles along
with their spare change. One generous giver gave her entire coin
purse contents and then had to ask for one of the coins back. It was
the only souvenir of her honeymoon to the Caribbean (she got it back
when the kettle was counted).
Thankfully, there was one thing completely missing: There were no
hoax checks given to The Salvation Army of Logan County, only
thousands upon thousands of real and heartfelt demonstrations of
generosity, one individual donation at a time.
One creative donor wrapped three $100 bills inside a single
dollar bill and stuffed the kettle. Some wrote checks for hundreds
of dollars. One donor wrote a check for $1,000.
Far more numerous were those who gave a dollar, or three or five.
Many dropped in bills and coins each and every time they passed a
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Over $4,318 donated was in coin: Susan B. Anthony dollars,
Jefferson dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and
pennies: 16,316 pennies to be exact!
What is most remarkable about the kettle contents is what cannot
be counted, tallied or totaled: the good will of those who give
freely. It can, however, be felt, appreciated and cherished. It is
Thanks be to God for the generosity of the people of Logan
County! Together, as an intricately woven tapestry of selfless
volunteers, generous donors and supportive red kettle partners, we
have raised $25,091.53 for the work of The Salvation Army in Logan
County in 2010.
REBECCA VAN NYDEGGEN]
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