The charitable gift was a beautifully framed Thomas Kinkade picture titled, “The Season of Giving.” It depicts the handcraft work of the artist highlighting a Salvation Army shield beside a red kettle bell ringer who is ringing in the Christmas season — symbolic of the spirit of Christmas.
The back of the framed art reads, “In collaboration with The Salvation Army, Thomas Kinkade has selected a vignette from one of his most popular Christmas images, “Village Christmas,” and enhanced it by adding a figure of the time-honored Salvation Army Bell Ringer.”
Sgt. Ruthie Forgey, Cleveland Corps administrator, said the gift captures nostalgic America since the Salvation Army is such an icon and such a part of Christmas tradition.
“When they told me they were donating it to the Cleveland Corps I was touched at such a generous gift because I know they are expensive and rare prints,” said Forgey.
Since Forgey first saw the Thomas Kinkade print two years ago she has wanted one, but could not due to cost and availability.
Forgey now realizes the timing is perfect. With the completion of the new administrative offices on Inman Street, the gift arrived just in time.
“To have the cherished print for our new facility is very meaningful. It will be a part of the Cleveland Corps and its history for years to come,” Forgey said.
Pennell and Weaver said they are happy to donate the enhanced edition print to The Salvation Army. It is their hope other small businesses will be inspired to step up and do a little bit more.
“We are glad to be able to give the picture to such a worthy charity,” Pennell said.
“Being able to give this to the Cleveland Corps is a greater gift than I can ever expect to receive at Christmastime,” said Weaver.