EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Evansville Salvation Army received another gold piece Thursday in a Christmas kettle located at the Schnuck’s on Washington Avenue.
The gold coin received in the Christmas kettle Thursday was a one-ounce Gold Krugerrand with an estimated value of $1500.
Most people who donate to the red kettle campaign usually drop a few dollars or a few coins.
“Some locations never, ever see a gold coin,” says Maj. Loren Carter of the Salvation Army of Evansville.
The Salvation Army in Evansville got two donations small in size, but big in value.
“I think it is very unusual to see two gold pieces in one week,” says Maj. Carter.
Major Carter says the first one, a one ounce gold bar, was dropped off at Sam’s Club on East Virginia Street last Saturday. Members of the Rotary Club in Evansville, who were ringing bells that day, say they were thrilled about the donation, but didn’t know it when it happened.
“Whoever is doing this must be a wonderful person because everything goes to very needy people,” says Bobby Phillips, a bell ringer, who was volunteering outside Sam’s Club Friday afternoon. “It amazed me someone is doing it.”
He was thrilled, but wished he was there to see it happen.
“Maybe I’ll get them next year,” he says.
The other, a one ounce gold Krugerrand, was donated at the kettle outside Schnuck’s at Washington Square. The money they get from those gold coins helps fund the programs they run, including the soup kitchen and food pantry.
“These two pieces represent around $3,000 and that would probably finance a week’s worth of our soup kitchen or help with our emergency utility cost helping a family,” says Maj. Carter.
He also says they’ve collected more than $160,000 for this year’s campaign, but the agency is still about $100,000 short of this year’s goal. Volunteers will keep ringing the bell, to keep big and small donations coming in.
“I hope they keep doing it,” says Phillips, referring to the gold pieces donated.
The Christmas Kettle Bells will continue to ring through December 24.
You can also give by sending your checks to The Salvation Army, 1040 North Fulton Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47710.
(This story was originally published on December 20, 2019)