The Salvation Army received a unique and valuable anonymous donation this week in one of their famous Red Kettles outside a Walmart in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
A one-ounce gold coin was found that is valued at $1,201 according to a local jewelry store. The coin is a 1980 South African Krugerrand.
Gold coins often get donated in kettles around the nation this time of year, but this was the first time one was donated in the Carolinas.
“We would like to say thank you to the donor who dropped the gold coin into the kettle,” said Lt. Mike McGee of the Salvation Army. “Your generosity helps us fight for good in our community all year. God bless you.”
The coin will be sold to a jewelry store with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
A typical Red Kettle raises about $300 a day, depending on the location. This coin instantly made up for about three to four days worth of fundraising.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London, England as a way to reach out to help both the physical and spiritual needs of the poor.
The Salvation Army is the second largest charity in the United States, with donations reaching almost $2 billion each year.
In 2004, the Salvation Army received a $1.6 billion donation from Joan B. Kroc, the wife of former McDonald’s CEO Ray Kroc. This was one of the largest donations ever to be given to a single organization.