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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • If My Gift Helps Just One Person, It's Worth It
    Anne Edelhauser believes that we all make choices. "You want to leave a legacy that's going to have meaning, that will have a purpose. If you help somebody else out, you're leaving part of you."
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  • When You Really Need Help, They are There
    What touched Celia and Bob the most about The Salvation Army was the fact that they never turn anyone away. "No matter how down and out you are, The Salvation Army will tide you over, give you shelter, give you food, and help you get back on your feet."
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  • My Charity is The Salvation Army
    Jackís respect for the Salvation Army began in Alaska many years ago. Standing on a dock, waiting to board the ship that would take him and hundreds of other young men to fight in Korea, he was offered hot coffee and donuts by a Salvation Army volunteer.
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  • The Salvation Army Stands Above All Other Groups
    Marty lives in a golfing community in the South these days, but he still smiles to remember a Salvation Army brass band playing on a cold Dearborn, Michigan street corner.
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  • Their Wills Make a Statement
    When Trish saw Tedís picture in her high school yearbook, she told her friends that he was the boy for her. Ted must have agreed.
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  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.
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