Salvation Army Warm Home Fund to Get March 15 Boost From Seattle Country Day 2nd Graders

Red-kettle collection of donations help people in need of heat

Puget Sound Energy to contribute $50,000 to student donation

Media Advisory (March 14, 2012):


Approximately 30 Seattle Country Day School second graders, who spearheaded an all-school fundraiser for The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund, 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. These funds will be used to help local families stay warm as cool temperatures extend into spring.


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


Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9 - 9:30 a.m.


  • 30 second graders, Seattle Country Day School
  • Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander, Salvation Army NW Division
  • Suzanne Hanson, 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.


For the 10th consecutive year, second-grade students of Seattle Country Day School have collected money for The Salvation Army Warm Home Fund, which provides short-term emergency bill payment assistance to PSE customers facing financial difficulties. The students’ collection of $215 is added to $471,323 in funds already collected this past winter to help thousands of families in Washington state. 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 2010-11 heating season, PSE owners, customers and employees voluntarily contributed more than $568,000 to the fund, which helped nearly 3,500 families.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit

Media Contact

Lora Marini Baker, Salvation Army Northwest Division, 206-310-5708
Dorothy Bracken, Puget Sound Energy, 1-888-831-7250,