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Kay Syvrud, Hawley, Minn., Published December 02 2012

Letter: Salvation Army knows how to do it right

I heartily endorse the letter from Margie Bailly (Nov. 30) about giving to the Salvation Army’s annual red kettle drive.

In addition to never passing a red kettle without making a donation, send a donation to the Salvation Army headquarters in Fargo.

There is no other organization quite like the Salvation Army: They feed and clothe the hungry and the needy year- round.

They offer spiritual nourishment as well, which makes them unique. They are the first ones there when disaster strikes – an individual family or an entire community.

They are also unique in that they do not have huge overhead expenses, especially high salaries for CEOs (which they do not have); they have local captains and a modest staff.

They do not advertise heavily or send “gifts” to their contributors as some charity organizations do. A simple “thank you” is what you get from the Salvation Army, and you know it is sincere thanks.

Giving to the Salvation Army (generously) means that your donation will be used to feed and clothe and help people in great need.

For other nonreligious charities, check out the website charitynavigator.

org, and you can learn where you contributions are spent. You may be amazed at what you learn about well-known charities.