$1200 gold coin dropped in Salvation Army red kettle

by Frankie Norman December 23, 2017, 0:26
$1200 gold coin dropped in Salvation Army red kettle

The Salvation Army is more than $100,000 away from this year's Red Kettle Campaign goal.

Now, they just need to raise just $12,500 each day, Friday and Saturday, to make it.

The money supports all programs throughout the year, but just this Christmas the organization says it's helping 1,000, which is 200 more than last year.

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.

A Tulsa, Oklahoma Salvation Army is grateful to an anonymous donor who left some special coins in a few of their kettles.

"There are a lot of programs that we run that are exclusively dependent on the money that comes into the kettles", Wood said. The Salvation Army distributed food to 8,205 individuals past year.

"We feel truly blessed, we really do", she said. The Salvation Army relies on direct contributions, as they are not funded by the government or the United Way.

11Alive partners with the Salvation Army each year to fill their food banks with the Can-A-Thon. Although they haven't been appraised yet, Hughes said together they could garner about $500. For the second time in three days, a gold coin was donated.

Recently, two $2,000 checks were dropped into two different kettles in Moses Lake.

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

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