Corbin Bernsen’s Hobby Goes Snow Global; Helping People via The Salvation Army

The affable actor has merged his passions for charity and snow globes by creating a special edition to benefit The Salvation Army's SAVN.

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Vision Network, SAVN.tv Actor Corbin Bernsen has more than 8,000 snow globes in his collection, but his favorite right now is the one he created to benefit benefit The Salvation Army Vision Network (SAVN), and will go toward scholarships for underprivileged children to attend the “SAVN Conservatory of the Arts,” located at The Salvation Army Film Studio in Whittier, Calif.

Actor Corbin Bernsen (Psych, Major League) is known for playing rugged, take charge, alpha males, like the rakish Arnie Becker on L.A. Law. So it might come as a surprise to some to learn that he has one of the world’s largest collection of items that are sweet, precious and nostalgic: snow globes.

The L.A. resident has more than 8,000 globes, appraised at approximately $600,000. And master carpenter that he is, he had a major role in designing and building a special room to display them all in his Los Angeles home.

Many of his snow globes date back to the 1930s and '40s, when they were popularly used as advertising items and promotional giveaways, particularly from Heinz ketchup, cigarette makers, tractor companies and moving firms. Some of his more unusual pieces include a Batman snow globe from around the time of the television show, one of two known to exist; and a young girl’s attempt at a handmade snow globe — basically a Pocahontas doll in a jar of water, for which Bernsen offered her $20. There’s also the globe with the logo for the band KISS, which Bernsen “paid for” by offering the owner a role in one of his films.

But the snow globe Bernsen is by far the most excited about right now is a first edition collector’s item he developed himself, a “Corbin Classic Snow Dome,” for the 2013 holiday season to benefit The Salvation Army Vision Network (SAVN). The 2013 edition is the first in a collection that will be designed by Bernsen each year, as part of the Red Kettle campaign.

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army Vision Network, SAVN.tv

The new, 3¾-inch tall snow dome designed by Corbin Bernsen contains a Salvation Army Officer, who bears a resemblance to Santa, in full Salvation Army uniform, at a Red Kettle, while a young boy stands on his toes to reach high enough to drop a coin in the bucket to help those in need. 

The 3¾-inch tall “Corbin Classic” snow dome contains a Salvation Army Officer who bears a resemblance to Santa, in full Salvation Army uniform, at a Salvation Army Red Kettle. A young boy stands on his toes to reach high enough to drop a coin in the bucket to help those in need.

Proceeds from the snow domes, which sell for $19.99, will go towards scholarships for underprivileged children to enable them to attend the “SAVN Conservatory of the Arts,” located at The Salvation Army Film Studio in nearby Whittier.

So how did Bernsen connect with The Salvation Army? It seems that ever since he was young, he was intrigued by “the man in The Salvation Army Suit with his bell and his bucket asking me, and the common man, to give – just a little – to help those in need,” he recalls.

Nowadays, “With four sons, and a glorious wife of 25 years, family has become everything to me.  And because of that, the notion of helping children – all children – has become somewhat of a functional obsession,” he relates.

“Upon closer scrutiny I realized 'my old friend,' The Salvation Army, had a very direct reach into helping children, whether it be something as simple and obvious as making sure no child goes hungry, or to the frightening and prevalent problem of human trafficking,” Bernsen continues.

“So ... I found myself in the unique position to bring full circle those early notions that I had as a child about the great work of The Salvation Army, and join forces with them to tackle some of the more crucial issues facing us today, especially regarding children. 

“We found an entry point through a rather obscure yet ‘destined relationship’ based on, of all things, snow globes! An opportunity presented itself for me to help with the launch of the newest effort of The Salvation Army – SAVN.TV – to bring all those incredible efforts of The Salvation Army into the digital age and create a further reach than ever before. Out of this was born the idea of my creating a 'Corbin Classic Dome.'"

You can find out more about Bernsen, SAVN.TV, and even purchase your own snow globe, by visiting SAVN.TV


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