Mystery donor leaves extremely rare coins in Oklahoma red kettles

Mystery donor leaves extremely rare coins in Oklahoma red kettles

Funds collected stay local and help families in need at Christmas and all year round.

"We are grateful to our community who continually supports The Salvation Army", said Major Butch Frost.

Throughout December, the Salvation Army has had its Christmas Kettle Campaign stations installed at various retail locations in Sherwood Park, including both WalMart locations, the Sherwood Park Mall and Costco.

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"For me, it really started in 2005 when I went down to Louisiana during the Hurricane Katrina clean-up effort", she said. "This coin alone is worth ten times that. We can't do this without volunteers, there is just no way", Stewart said. "The Salvation Army does have opportunities for online donations, but that hasn't kept up with the difference in what we've been down in our kettles". The Salvation Army serves every zip code in the United States.

With the GPH donation, the holiday campaign total as of Thursday was $155,969.94, 67 percent of the goal.

Last year, the organization served about 7,900 people in the Greenwood area. For the second time in three days, a gold coin was donated. Although they haven't been appraised yet, Hughes said together they could garner about $500.

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In the midst of The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta facing fewer donations this year than last, one donor dropped a surprise into a red kettle.

Stewart said volunteers - both individuals and businesses - made the initiative possible this year.

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