Staff Report

Beaumont-  Christmas came early for the Salvation Army when rare coin expert Michael Fuljenz dropped a one-ounce gold American Eagle coin valued at $1,400 into the

Salvation Army Red Kettle at the annual meeting held last week.

Fuljenz is president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont.

On Saturday morning, 30 Bell Ringers departed the Salvation Army Corps building located at 2350 Interstate 10 East, dressed in white shirt, black slacks and red Salvation Army aprons ready to man their kettle stations at 24 locations around the area. Each Bell Ringer will be an ambassador for the Army during this holiday season.

“The funds raised this year in the Kettles will help us make sure every family that signed up for our Angle Tree program will be helped this Christmas and that there will be a food box for each of those families,” said Major Floiran Estrada, commanding officer of the Beaumont Corps.

In addition, proceeds will be used to support year around programs and services to low income families in our community.

The Salvation Army is historically known for its Red Kettles and Bells during the Christmas season, a tradition started in 1891, when a Salvation Army officer needed a way to pay for the free Christmas dinner he was serving to the area’s poor in San Francisco. The tradition has grown to world- wide proportions making it The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Since 1986 Fuljenz has been the respected recipient of 35 national awards

from the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) in ten different categories.

Fuljenz has consulted with the U.S. Mint, Federal Trade Commission,

CNBC, and the U.S. Postal Service on numismatic issues.

As of 2010 the Salvation Army operates in 122 countries and provides

services in 175 different languages. The Salvation Army is one of the

world’s largest providers of social aid, helping more than 32 million

people in the U.S. alone.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church with its own distinctive governance and practice. Its doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes.