Friday, December 16, 2011
Debbie Macomber's Quiet Half Million Dollar Donation to the Salvation Army
This morning I saw a link on social media that led me to this article about an alleged anonymous donation made to The Salvation Army. Evidently, it's not easy to keep a half million dollar donation a secret these days.
BREMERTON — Romance author Debbie Macomber has given a half-million dollars to the Bremerton Salvation Army to help remodel and enlarge its headquarters.
The author, who has a home in Port Orchard and spends time in Florida, gave the money recently in the memory of her son, Dale Macomber, who suffered depression and committed suicide Aug. 11 in his Port Orchard home at 36.
The millionaire author tried to make the $500,000 donation anonymously, and leaders at the Bremerton Salvation Army repeatedly refused to identify her as the donor. But Macomber ultimately confirmed her donation through her longtime publicist, Nancy Berland.
"She just has the biggest heart," Berland said.
I posted the link to my facebook page and a friend on facebook pointed me to this link: The Salvation Army: Ringing Anti-Gay Bells this Holiday Season.
The Salvation Army has long been a Christian missionary association. It would be one thing if they, like some Christians, practiced tolerance and equality towards the LGBT community, but as Bil points out, since 1986, The Salvation Army has been involved in at least 5 major assaults on LGBT equality:
When New Zealand considered passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986, the Salvation Army collected signatures in an attempt to get the legislation killed. The act decriminalized consensual sex between gay men. The measure passed over the charity’s objections.