The Clunk of Michael Fuljenz's $1400 Gold Coin Kicked Off Beaumont Tx Salvation Army's Red Kettle Tradition

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Michael Fuljenz, a long time supporter of the Beaumont, Texas Salvation Army was honored to start its 2010 giving season, by donating a $1400 Gold Coin to its Red Kettle campaign.

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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.

Christmas came early for the Salvation Army when Michael Fuljenz, national award winning rare coin expert and president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont 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. Mr. Fuljenz will be present tomorrow at the Official Kick Off to make a challenge to other coin dealers and to the public to help support the Army this Christmas.

Beaumont - 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.

Tomorrow, 30 Bell Ringers will leave the Salvation Army Corps building located at 2350 Interstate 10 East at 9:30 a.m. dressed in white shirt, black slacks and red Salvation Army aprons ready to man their kettle stations at 24 locations around the community. Each Bell Ringer will be an ambassador for the Army during this holiday season.

Major Floiran Estrada, commanding officer of the Beaumont Corps said that, "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." In addition, proceeds will be used to support year around programs and services to low income families in our community.

About the Salvation Army:
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. 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.

About Michael Fuljenz:
Mike Fuljenz is the President of Universal Coin & Bullion and a respected leader in the Coin Industry. He is a Veteran rare coin dealer and gold bullion expert and serves on the Board of Directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA). Fuljenz is considered by many to be a go-to person for his market knowledge of precious metals and rare gold coins and has helped many people make successful and pleasurable additions to their collections. Since 1986 he 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.

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