Someone Has Dropped A Gold Coin In Town’s Salvation Army Kettle 5 Years In A Row

I’d like to imagine that whichever Kokomo, Ind. resident (not to be confused with the place the Beach Boys are singing about) who is dropping valuable gold coins into a Salvation Army kettle every year for the past five is the kind of person who lives in a ramshackle house on the edge of town where the kids can’t help but peer in the windows and wonder. Is this a hermit with a heart of gold and the coins to match? 

Whoever it is, he or she dropped a tidy bit of change in the kettle last week, reports the Kokomo Tribune: A South African Krugerrand gold coin worth $1,200, which was sold last week by the Salvation Army.

“A great big thank you to whoever did this,” he said, noting that the money from the coin will buy three weeks of groceries for the about 1,000 people the group feeds every month.

Krugerrands are made from some of the purest gold in the world, he added, and this year’s coin was minted in 1978. The price of gold is down from last year though, when a similar coin sold for about $1,600.

It isn’t just Kokomo that has Krugerrands showing up — last year bell ringers in cities like Atlanta and Seattle also found a shiny surprise when the day was done.

“Thank goodness it’s not something that just happens in Kokomo,” he said.

Kokomo. That’s where I want to go.

Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle [Kokomo Tribune]

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  1. PhillyDom says:

    Too bad the proceeds are going to a church. There are plenty of non-religious charities out there doing good work.

  2. ophmarketing says:

    Has anyone verified that these aren’t just the same coins going in year after year, or that the coins are genuinely being put in kettles? They show up so reliably each year, messaging them has become a regular part of the SA’s holiday PR strategy. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was orchestrated by their marketing/communications team.

  3. Raekwon says:

    Feel good story about people doing nice things and we get one anti-religion comment and one “this must be a set up” comment. I just love the good feeling around here.

    • furiousd says:

      See, the religion was set up in order to make money off of people thinking it was going to the poor. Have you ever seen a poor person? Me either. Turns out the set up was an inside job!

    • PhillyDom says:

      Some people might not want to contribute to a church that has engaged and continues to engage in anti-LGBT activism. They’ve closed down programs for the homeless and senior citizens in San Francisco rather than comply with the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance (and threatened to do the same in New York City). In several countries they have lobbied against repeal of anti-gay criminal statutes. They have fired employees because of their sexual orientation. Until this year they steered people to so-called “ex-gay” conversion therapy organizations.

      They are actively doing evil. That outweighs any good they might be doing.

      The Salvation Army can go to hell.