- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A rare gold coin dropped into a Salvation Army collection kettle could net the charity hundreds of dollars.

La Crosse Corps Major Jack Holloway told the La Crosse Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Pmope6 ) that Tuesday’s donation was made anonymously at the charity’s headquarters. He says the coin could be worth $500 once auctioned off.

The Red Kettle campaign often produces tales of generosity during the holidays, including one involving a $500,000 check in Minnesota last month. But Holloway says it’s unusual to get a gift of that size in a smaller city. He says the man wanted to help the homeless shelter and preferred he didn’t get any personal recognition.

Two years ago, the La Crosse chapter had a diamond engagement ring show up in a kettle. It netted $325.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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