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Donor Legacy Lives On Through North Platte Corps

Emerald & Lillian Dringman created a legacy, benefitting many families today and into the future

Emerald and Lillian Dringman, a Christian couple who loved the Lord, also cared deeply about children. Many years ago, Lillian befriended a young girl in her community who greatly benefited from a Salvation Army program in North Platte, NE. Feeling that the girl had become a changed person, Lillian chose to make The Salvation Army one of her preferred charities.

That was more than 20 years ago. Even now, long after Lillian’s passing, her spirit of giving still lives on through programs and services being provided today at The Salvation Army’s North Platte Corps.

Last fall, The Salvation Army was presented with a $75,000 gift which was the final distribution of Lillian’s trust. Her gift will be used to support programs and services including summer day camp activities, food pantry services, after-school programs and holiday distributions to families of food baskets and toys.

Lillian’s initial desire in supporting The Salvation Army was to provide a safe, homelike environment where families could spend time together talking, laughing, and getting to know one another better. It was Lillian’s prayer that her gift would help build strong families.

"We are so blessed with this gift," said Captain Jason Poff. One of the goals of The Salvation Army is to minister to hurting families. At the Dringman Center for Families, we’re able to provide resources to reach families in one convenient location where services can be accessed so families can mend. With Lillian’s gift, we can continue to help families for many years to come."

For additional information, or to learn about how you may include The Salvation Army in your estate plans, visit our website,, or call toll free, (800) 274-0628.

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