An anonymous donor spread some holiday cheer in an Indiana town by dropping a gold coin worth $1,500 into a Salvation Army bucket, according to reports.
The unexpected gift from the secret Santa was collected on Saturday outside a Walgreen in Noblesville, where a Salvation Army volunteer named James Bond was manning one of the organization’s ubiquitous red kettles, WRTV reported.
“It is really cool,” Bond said. “I hear about that stuff in the news, but now it’s with me, so I feel like I’m part of this big thing that people really care about.”
Volunteers for the Salvation Army of Central Indiana later found the coin – a 1915 Austrian Gold 100 Corona piece – nestled among other bills and loose change received that day.
The charitable group occasionally gets atypical contributions like gold coins, wedding rings and even gold teeth but the hearty handout will go an especially long way this season, a spokesman told the Indianapolis Star.
“It just means so much because it means that they went out of their way to do something extra special,” spokesman Sam Hyde said. “This year has been a tough year. It really has been. So something like this is a huge jolt to our fundraising efforts.”
Salvation Army volunteers generally start fundraising on Black Friday and this season has been truncated since Thanksgiving fell on the last week of November, the newspaper said.
The funds raised during the campaign will go toward two community centers, a homeless shelter for women and children, several food pantries and an addiction treatment center.
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