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Gold coin dropped into local red kettle

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A gold coin worth around $1,000 has been dropped in a Mid-Michigan Salvation Army kettle.

The Bay County chapter of the Salvation Army reports that a South African Krugerrand coin was dropped into a kettle at the Bay City Kroger’s store on Euclid.

The coin is made from an ounce of gold, and this is at least the second year in a row that someone has donated one in Mid-Michigan.

Major Mike Myers reports that even with the anonymous gift, their chapter is short around $5,000 at this time.

The Midland chapter is down about $10,000.

"We provide things like groceries for people in need, rent assistance for those facing eviction, utility payments for those facing shutoff notices. We help with transportation so people can get to work and medical appointments. Those are really how the funds are used throughout the year," Salvation Army Captain Brian Goodwill said.

The Salvation Army's goal is to raise $108,000 before Christmas Eve. It is about halfway there and time is running out.

The Salvation Army assists programs like the diaper bank, Coats for Kids, Social Services and many others. 

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