YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For the fifth year in a row, a generous donor dropped gold coins in a few Salvation Army buckets in Mahoning County.
The Salvation Army received a fourth gold coin in its bucket at the Poland Giant Eagle late Thursday night. It’s a 1 ounce pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf.
“We are pleased by this generous donation and we wish to express our gratitude to the donor,” said Major Elijah Kahn, Mahoning County Area Coordinator. “It will help us narrow the gap in our fundraising deficit this year as we approach the finish line.”
Three 1 ounce gold coins were discovered in three of its kettles across the area on Wednesday. A Canadian Maple Leaf was dropped in a kettle at Canfield Giant Eagle, a South Africa Krugerrand coin and a Grant Wood American Arts Commemorative Series coin were dropped in kettles at the Giant Eagle in Austintown.
The donor remains anonymous and left no note or information.
The three coins discovered on Wednesday were appraised Thursday by Ace Diamond and Jewelry in Boardman. They are worth $3,400.
The fourth coin was also appraised by Ace on Friday.
“At a time when our Red Kettle Campaign is running behind by over $40,000 as of Dec. 20, 2016 compared to the same time last year, these gold coins will help us make up some of the fundraising gap we have experienced this season,” Kahn said. “We are amazed by this incredible generosity and we want to express our thanks and gratitude to the donor(s) for this generous gift. It will make a huge difference in our ongoing ministry this Christmas and year round.”
Last year, two coins were dropped in a bucket in Austintown totaling $2,000.
The Red Kettle Campaign runs through Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Donations can be sent to 1501 Glenwood Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44511.