Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle in Kentucky

Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle in Kentucky

Troy Powers
December 23, 2017

The Salvation Army in Springfield says $350,000 is still needed to meet this year's Tree of Lights campaign goal. Funds raised will help assist families at Christmas with toys and food and a variety of services throughout the year including after school programs, music instruction, recreational programs, seniors feeding, etc.

The Salvation Army - which screens applicants in a joint collaboration with other local nonprofits - pays utilities and past-due rent for people in need, which can allow people on the verge of homelessness to stay in their homes.

"There are a lot of programs that we run that are exclusively dependent on the money that comes into the kettles", Wood said.

Because Kmart was a hot spot for donations, Hughes said the bell-ringers started a week early this year to try and make up for the loss.

"It's really rewarding", Wolfe Sr. said.

Volunteers like O'Mara collect donations during the holiday season to help the Salvation Army assist people in need throughout the year, said Marian Paxton, the organization's committee chair for Laramie.

"It's not going to be like what it's been in years prior because there's so much online purchases", Hughes said.

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Businesses interested in hosting an Angel Tree next year are urged to contact the Grafton office of the Salvation Army at 304-265-3565.

The Salvation Army of Greenwood - which also serves Abbeville, McCormick, Laurens and Saluda counties - isn't the only corps where donations have dropped. It is the last day of the campaign as the kettles aren't put out on Sundays.

While sifting through donations at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, a Salvation Army employee found a pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf coin in one of the kettles.

It's the most wonderful time of the year and many are donating their time and money, to give back to various causes in the Peterborough community.

Bundled against the cold in a big red coat and blue ear muffs, the 80-year-old volunteer merrily greeted shoppers as they came and went.

The red kettles will be out today and Christmas Eve.