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Salvation Army gets unexpected donation before Christmas

Glen Bastin Glen Bastin
Major Keath Biggers Major Keath Biggers

By Katie Bauer email | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Just days before Christmas, the Salvation Army received an unexpected donation from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

"God works in wondrous ways sometimes," said Glen Bastin, Senior Ambassador for the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Earlier this month Bastin was contacted by a fellow colonel who lives in Chicago, who said he knew of an organization that had some extra donated gifts. Bastin says he immediately thought of the Salvation Army Angel Tree.

"We got back in touch with the organization in Chicago which happens to be the Kosair Shriners Children's Hospital, and told them yes we would issue a pick-up order and UPS would box it up and send it to us," said Bastin.

The Kentucky Colonels took care of the shipping costs, so the gifts would arrive just in time.

"This is an unusual opportunity that came up and we are delighted to take advantage of it," said Bastin.

"I'm really excited about what we have to pick up and I know that some very needy people will be very excited to have these items," said Major Keath Biggers with the Salvation Army.

This year, more than 17,000 children were registered for the Angel Tree program, but more than 3000 were left unchosen at area malls. After a Wave 3 Angel-a-thon, more than $116,000 was raised and now with this donation, Biggers says no child will be forgotten Christmas Day.

"We will use this to make sure that any gifts that came in that may not have enough items or were adopted, but not returned, we can supplement those items and those children will get those gifts," said Biggers.

A happy ending for the Angel Tree, but Major Biggers tells us the red kettle donations are down $50,000 compared to where they were at last year at this time. 

 (Copyright 2010 WAVE News. All rights reserved.) 

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