Wednesday, December 20, 2000

$190,000 goes into the kettle

Salvation Army receives donation

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The $190,000 a Westwood man willed to the Salvation Army will stay in Greater Cincinnati, but instead of going into a traditional red kettle fund it will go into a capital reserve fund.

        Jim Yockey, of Morrow stopped by the Salvation Army's downtown office Tuesday to present a check for $190,750.20 that was willed to the organization by his uncle, Walter Yockey.

        The younger Mr. Yockey had been tying up the loose ends of his uncle's estate when he read in the Enquirer that the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign was not likely to reach its goal of $600,000.

        The elder man, who died at age 80 in January, willed equal amounts of money to three charities, but his nephew hadn't gotten around to cutting the checks.

        “It was my idea to drop it in one of the red kettles,” he said, adding that Uncle Wally, as family called him, was a big fan of the seasonal kettles.

        But because Walter Yockey didn't specify in his will that the money go to the Christmas campaign, the Salvation Army's board of trustees decided the money must go where it is needed most: capital projects, such as the reopening of a day care center and renovating buildings.

        “It will go toward brick and mortar,” said Philip DeMichael, the Salvation Army's divisional secretary for Greater Cincinnati. “It will be used in a much broader way to extend programs.”


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