Navy, Coast Guard Veteran a Vessel for Good
Donald Severson, 91, is a U.S. Navy and Coast Guard veteran who has devoted his entire life to being a vessel for good. Among other activities, the retired electrician spent 62 years serving with the Freemasons, and 42 years volunteering with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. To this day, he still plays percussion in his church's band.
"I like to stay busy – maybe too busy," quipped Donald, a widower, father of three, and lifelong Minnesotan. "I like doing good things to help people."
Another way Donald spreads goodness is by giving to The Salvation Army. He's been donating for as long as he can remember, as a way to thank the organization that served him more than 70 years ago.
Donald first met The Salvation Army in 1951 when he was in New England training to become a Coast Guard Yeoman. There, The Salvation Army operated a "Red Shield Club" for servicemen to enjoy food, activities, and fellowship. At the time, The Salvation Army operated more than 200 such clubs across the U.S.
"That place felt like home," Donald recalled. "The (officers) who operated the club were like a mother and father to me. I've been supporting The Salvation Army ever since."
Donald looks forward to many more years of doing good for people. He does not believe his age will ever slow him down.
"I've got 100 years of age on my bucket list," Donald said with a laugh.
Donald has established a Planned Gift by including The Salvation Army in his will.
There are many other types of Planned Gifts. These gifts have financial benefits that may allow you to increase the size of your estate, save on taxes, receive income for life, and more. Making a Planned Gift is a wonderful way to support The Salvation Army and the people we serve. To learn more, please call 651-746-3504 or visit TheSalArmyGiftPlan.org.