Salvation Army Warm Home Gets Boost from Seattle Country Day 2nd Graders and PSE Donation

Red-Kettle Collection of Donations Help People in Need of Heat

Media Advisory (March 13, 2013):

Seattle Country Day School second graders
Second-graders from the Seattle Country Day School joined Puget Sound Energy in donating raised funds to the Salvation Army Warm Home Fund. View more photos on Flickr.


Several families will be made warmer as cool temperatures extend into March, thanks to money raised by approximately 30 Seattle Country Day School second graders, who spearheaded an all-school fundraiser for The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund. The second graders will present their donations, collected in a red kettle, to Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Northwest Division. Puget Sound Energy will present a $50,000 corporate contribution.


Seattle Country Day School
2619 Fourth Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne neighborhood)


Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9 - 9:30 a.m.


30 second graders, Seattle Country Day School
Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander, Salvation Army NW Division
Suzanne Sasville, low-income program manager, PSE

Photo Opportunity

  • Second grade students presenting a red kettle filled with student donations and an oversized check to the regional head of The Salvation Army.
  • Seattle Country Day students speaking about collecting funds to assist families struggling to stay warm 
  • PSE $50,000 ceremonial check presentation to The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund.


The second-grade students of Seattle Country Day School have collected $800—a record since 2002, when the class began collecting donations for The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund. The fund provides short-term emergency bill payment assistance to PSE customers facing financial difficulties. PSE is adding to the students’ collection with a $50,000 corporate contribution.

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 11 Washington state counties where the utility provides electric and natural gas service.

During the 2011-12 heating season, PSE owners, customers and employees voluntarily contributed more than $551,000 to the fund, which helped more than 3,600 families.

Media Contacts

Lora Marini Baker, Salvation Army Northwest Division, 206-310-5708

Dorothy Bracken, Puget Sound Energy, 1-888-831-7250,