Kettle donations have been down for the Salvation Army, but a mans generous donation helped them out for the holidays.
So far this year, the kettle’s have seen about $22,000 less in their buckets, but the holiday week brought the Salvation Army quite a bit of luck when they received an envelope.
“In there was a 1 oz. gold American Eagle coin,” said Claudia Jackson with the Salvation Army.
Officials with the Salvation Army said the coin was worth $1100. The generous surprise was something some volunteers have never seen before.
“So it was a very generous donation and in my 9 years of being here and working around the kettles it’s the first time we’ve ever had a gold coin donated,” said Jackson.
Jackson added her excitement for the nice gift was overwhelming in the best way possible.
“It was lots of tears it was a very big thing for us, and everyone asked if we get things like this a lot in the kettles, I said yeah in the big cities. So for us to get a gold coin, that’s huge for us,’ she said.
The giving spirit of the community is something appreciates ever so much because of the hard times some people are forced to endure.
“It’s hard at this time of the year, it’s hard for a lot of people we see struggling around September and through the holidays,” said Jackson.
The Salvation Army collects donations year round especially for the holidays to make the season a little brighter. Jackson told News Channel 5 they have already found a buyer for the coin. Once the money is collected, it will go into areas where funds are lacking.
THE SALVATION ARMY WORKS ALL YEAR ROUND TO MAKE THE SEASON A LITTLE BRIGHTER FOR THOSE IN NEED SO THE FACT THEY ALREADY HAVE A BUYER FOR THE COIN, MAKES THE HOLIDAYS A LITTLE BRIGHTER.