Salvation Army Finds Gold Bar In Kettle
by Breanna Fuss, Reporter
December 24, 2013 9:00 PM
The Salvation Army in Sioux Falls found a special surprise in one of their red kettles Monday night. In with the dollars and coins, a one ounce gold bar was found. This is the second gold bar donated in December.
It's this sound that echoes in front of stores all Christmas season, giving shoppers the chance to give to those less fortunate. But for one anonymous donor, a simple dollar bill wasn't enough.
Major Thomas Riggs, Salvation Army said," This is the first time in my 32 years that I have ever seen anyone put in a gold coin, or a gold bar."
On Riggs' desk, he has a yellow piece of paper that reads 'bell ringers are special people,' and the gold bar that was wrapped inside.
Riggs said the donation of gold could be worth up to $1,500. Money, he said, that's desperately needed. The start to the Red Kettle Campaign was a slow one, cold temperatures were hard on bell ringers, and shoppers were hard to come by.
"And then with the way the calendar fell, with Thanksgiving falling late in the month, that slowed us down as well," Riggs said.
Throughout the Christmas season, Riggs said the organization helps 1,300 families alone.
"And then we have the regular social services that we do, which is about 1,100 to 1,200 people a month through that," Riggs said.
The organization also helps up to 600 seniors with groceries.
Riggs said every dollar donated is appreciated, but he's calling whoever gave this donation a 'Christmas Angel.'
"And I say, 'God Bless you very much,' and thank you, this is fantastic," Riggs said.
Even with this donation, Riggs said the organization probably won’t make 2013’s goal of $350,000. He said so far $309,000 has been collected.