• Secret Santa drops $1K gold coin in red kettle for what might be second year in a row

    By: Allison Wichie , Springfield News-Sun


    SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The Salvation Army Corps of Springfield, Ohio, got a kick start to its holiday fundraising when they found a gold coin worth $1,000 in one of its red kettles.

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    It’s the second time in two years that a South African gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill has been dropped in a red kettle at the Kroger store on Bechtle Avenue, Salvation Army Resource Developer Ryan Ray said.

    Around the same time last year, a gold coin valued at $1,200 was dropped in the bucket, Ray said.

    The Salvation Army never figured out who dropped the coin, he said.

    The Red Kettle Campaign kicked off on Nov. 4 and runs through Christmas Eve.

    More than 800 Clark County families signed up for Christmas assistance through the Springfield Salvation Army office this year, Ray said.

    Money raised in the kettles goes toward community programming for the Salvation Army throughout the year. The organization says that for every dollar donated to the Salvation Army in Clark County, 83 cents goes back to the community.

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