- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Someone has dropped a thousand-dollar gold coin in a Salvation Army red kettle outside a Bay City supermarket.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Andrea Kenski says an anonymous donor slipped the 1984 South African Krugerrand in among the usual loose change at a Kroger store on Monday. She says the coin is worth an estimated $1,200.

Kenski says an anonymous donor also gave a Krugerrand in nearby Bangor Township last year. The Salvation Army received a Krugerrand at a suburban Detroit supermarket last week.

Kenski says a Krugerrand is worth enough to help feed 10 hungry people a year, or to help provide coats to 48 children.

The Salvation Army is known for its Christmas red kettle season fundraising drive, which raises money for programs to aid the poor.


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