Little Kids, Big Effort

The Salvation Army Gets Boost from Fundraising Efforts of Second-graders, PSE Donation to Help Heat Homes

BELLEVUE, Wash. (April 7, 2014) – A classroom of second-graders pulled off a first-rate donation drive to help those who are less fortunate. The students at Seattle Country Day School collected $545, a record amount since 2002 when the class first began collecting. Now it’s time to present those donations to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund provides short-term emergency bill payment assistance to Puget Sound Energy customers facing financial difficulties. The students used The Salvation Army’s well-known red kettle to collect the money. PSE is adding to the students’ efforts with a $50,000 corporate contribution.

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A lively group of about 30 second-graders
Major Raymond Erickson-King, Salvation Army Northwest Division
Suzanne Sasville, Supervisor Energy Assistance programs, Puget Sound Energy


The students will give their donations to The Salvation Army. They’re eager to talk about collecting the money to help families stay warm.


Seattle Country Day School
2619 Fourth Avenue North, Seattle (Queen Anne neighborhood)


Tuesday, April 8 at 9 a.m.

Since its inception in 1982, The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund—which receives donations from PSE owners, customers and employees—has helped more than 150,000 families in 10 counties around Washington where the utility provides electric and natural gas service.

During the 2012-13 heating season, PSE owners, customers and employees voluntarily contributed more than $600,000 to the fund, which helped nearly 3,400 families.

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