Salvation Army finds gold coin in St. Matthews Red Kettle

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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.

"This money goes to feed and clothe and provide all kinds of different services to people in the community within Peterborough", said Johnathan Sharp, Kettle co-ordinator with the Salvation Army. "We rely on all donations to be able to help people in financial crisis to pay for their rent and mortgage, utilities, medical needs, furniture, clothing and many other necessities".

The combined gold was valued at more than $7,000 by Tulsa Gold & Silver, which matched all red kettle donations during the past two Saturdays with $25,000.

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.

"We want to thank all the organizations that helped us this year". Don Vick, the local officer for The Salvation Army in Greensboro. The Salvation Army serves every zip code in the United States.

The Christmas Kettle Campaign is actually $9 million behind its national fundraising goal of $21 million. "Everyone really came together this year".

Additionally, someone recently gave The Salvation Army an impressive coin collection worth $1,500.

"I've been out here ringing bells about three times this year", O'Mara said.

"Last year, we were so green at it that we didn't do a very good job", Paxton said.

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