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Gold coin dropped in Red Kettle
Gold coin dropped in Red Kettle

The Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Wandermere Fred Meyer clinked with a special donation this weekend. The donor quietly dropped in a one ounce gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill. The coin alone is worth over $1,000.

For five years the donor, a retired firefighter and veteran, has been dropping a gold coin into the red kettle. This year the one ounce South African Krugerrand coin is worth $1,244. It’s a donation that Salvation Army Business Administrator says is huge. Due to changing store policies and severe cold, Geraghty says donations are down this year.

The generous donor wishes to remain anonymous, but Geraghty says he did agree to meet Salvation Army staff after dropping the first coin in the kettle.

“He said Salvation Army was always there for him,” says Geraghty. Whether he was fighting fires or fighting in a war the gold coin donor says the Salvation Army was always there with sandwiches and coffee for the men serving.

There’s still a couple of weeks left in the Red Kettle Campaign and the goal this year is to raise $385,00, a goal that Geraghty says they are no where near meeting yet. They are also in need of red kettle bell ringers to help finish out the season as the bitter cold has driven some away. For more information pick up an application at 222 E. Indiana or call (509) 325-6810.

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