December 20, 2006
During the holiday season, counting the kettle funds from the day before, is the first order of business at the Salvation Army, but one morning, something unusual was found inside one of the kettles, a gold coin.
"It was wrapped in a plastic sandwich bag for protection," explained Salvation Army Major Bruce Smith. "Whoever dropped it in, knew it was important."
It was so important that the gold buffalo head coin was actually worth a lot more than its face value of fifty dollars. An anonymous donor, on their way into Walmart, dropped it in the bucket.
"I thought 'how wonderful,' a fifty dollar coin donation, but to find out that it was worth $629," Smith remembered, "that was just amazing."
Smith said he was "pleasantly flabbergasted."
Once he collected himself, he collected the $629 dollars. The money will make the holidays brighter for many in the area, something he wishes he could tell the anonymous donor.
"I would love to meet them, and let them know how much we appreciate such generosity," wished Smith.
Chances are the good Samaritan already knows that.
The money raised in the Kettle Campaign goes towards holiday gifts, and also the services the Salvation Army offers year round.
This year's campaign goal is $100,000, which ends on Saturday. At last count, the campaign had raised almost $88,000.
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