Salvation Army receives anonymous donation of gold coin

Update: Dec. 16, 2019

SPEARFISH, S.D. -For the past 23 years, someone in the Black Hills has been playing secret Santa with The Salvation Army. Each year the organization looks forward to finding the red kettle containing a gold coin.

On Monday, The Salvation Army received the anticipated one-ounce gold coin from an anonymous donor. This person always wraps the coin in a Peanuts comic strip with a note.

After over two decades still, no one knows who the donor is, but The Salvation Army is thankful every year.

“Being able to see it again this year just continues that tradition and brings a lot of excitement during the holiday season,” said Black Hills Area coordinator, Javier Moreno.

Along with that The Salvation Army also received two silver coins this year; both one ounce. The gold coin is worth around $1,500 and the silver coins are a little under $20 each.

“We appreciate the generosity of the people in the community and we look forward to hopefully reaching our campaign goal this year,” said Moreno.

Update Last: Dec. 14, 2019

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The Salvation Army received a unique donation this week, continuing a donation tradition that goes back over 20 years.

A 1-ounce 1983 Robert Frost gold coin was dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Walmart in Spearfish Friday. The coin was wrapped in a Peanuts cartoon with a message that read “Schultz, Santa and Salvation Army Red Kettles – Some traditions were meant to continue!! – Thanks For All The Good You Continue To Do!”

In a release, the Salvation Army says that the “golden tradition” has continued for 23 years. The Salvation Army says that the coin is currently valued at an estimated $1,500. The coin will help to reach the Salvation Army’s goal to raise $390,000 during this year’s Christmas Spirit Campaign. Currently, they have reached just over $152,000 this year.

Funds raised locally are used at Christmas time to provide food for families and individuals, and toys for children, and used throughout the year to provide other basic financial and material assistance of food, clothing, household items, utility assistance, and more to those in need.

To learn more about the Salvation Army of the Black Hills, click HERE.

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