The Salvation Army bell ringers volunteer their services to help collect funds every Christmas. They weather bone-chilling temps, rain, snow, and even with dedication some are worried that this year's fundraising may fall short of previous years. However, according to a Dec. 13 ABC News' report, a single gold coin was anonymously dropped in a Salvation Army kettle in Central Indiana for the fifth straight year.
South African Krugerrand gold
While no one knows for sure, it is thought that the coins have been dropped into the kettle by the same person in Kokomo, Ind. because the coins are always the same. Plus the coins are South African Krugerrand gold which is some of the purest in the world which makes the coins highly collectible. This year's coin was minted in 1978, but because the price of gold has dropped since last year the coin fetched about $400 less than last year.
“A great big thank you to whoever did this. If we could find the person, we’d tell them how much we appreciate this and how much this helps further our work here in Howard County.” -- Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg via the Kokomo Tribune
Gold coin becoming a tradition elsewhere
While the gold coin in the kettle has become somewhat of a tradition in Kokomo, similar coins turned up last year in kettles around the country including Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle Washington.
Donations can be made online
The Salvation Army helps those in need year round with 82 cents of every dollar going straight to programs and services. Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me’" (Mathew 25:40). The Salvation Army kettle is just one way to help the "least of these." While you may not have a gold coin to drop in the bucket, when you walk by ask God if he wants you to give. Every donation makes a difference, and for those who won't be walking past a red kettle, Christmas donations can be mailed to The Salvation Army or donated online. Online donations are quickly becoming the most popular way to donate but they eliminate the opportunity to remain anonymous.