When Richard Sitnik returned from the Korean War in 1952, he and his fellow soldiers were greeted by a brass band, a warm cup of coffee and a doughnut courtesy of the Salvation Army. “It might not sound like much,” said Sitnik. “But there were 60,000 troops on that ship so it was a pretty big deal.”
Sitnik would go on to build his career as a businessman. He worked at Crucible Steel for 30 years and in his spare time he started his own business, Hiawatha Fasteners.
“Turns out I had a talent for selling I didn’t know I had,” said Sitnik.
While Sitnik was planning his estate he remembered the kindness of the Salvation Army. He did some research on the organization and when he found that 98% of their funds go back to helping people who need it, he was very impressed. As a way of giving back and saying thank you, Sitnik has decided to include a legacy wish to the Salvation Army.
“He is making a difference in so many lives. Our job here is we are transforming lives here in the Syracuse area,” said Kristi Brennan, Divisional Director of Planned Giving for the Salvation Army. “So when someone like Mr. Sitnik says I want to leave a legacy, he is enabling us to continue our work in perpetuity.” In the last year, the Salvation Army has served over 46,000 people through over forty different programs.
“It makes me feel pretty good because I remember how tough it was for me growing up,” said Sitnik, who grew up during the depression.
If you are interested in leaving a legacy of your own to the Salvation Army, you may talk with your attorney about planned giving or contact Kristi Brennan directly. Visit SASyr.org for more information. Click under the “Ways You Can Help” tab.