Secret Santa drops $1K gold coin in red kettle for what might be second year in a row

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Springfield "Secret Santa" drops $1K gold coin in Salvation Army kettle

Organizers said they found a $1,100 gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill in a Springfield Salvation Army kettle.

- The Salvation Army Corps of Springfield, Ohio, got a kick start to its holiday fundraising when they found a gold coin worth $1,000 in one of its red kettles.

It’s the second time in two years that a South African gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill has been dropped in a red kettle at the Kroger store on Bechtle Avenue, Salvation Army Resource Developer Ryan Ray said.

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Around the same time last year, a gold coin valued at $1,200 was dropped in the bucket, Ray said.

The Salvation Army never figured out who dropped the coin, he said.

The Red Kettle Campaign kicked off on Nov. 4 and runs through Christmas Eve.

More than 800 Clark County families signed up for Christmas assistance through the Springfield Salvation Army office this year, Ray said.

Money raised in the kettles goes toward community programming for the Salvation Army throughout the year. The organization says that for every dollar donated to the Salvation Army in Clark County, 83 cents goes back to the community.

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Secret Santa likely drops 2nd $1K gold coin into Salvation Army kettle

This gold coin was found wrapped in a $100 bill in one of the Salvation Army’s red kettle buckets at Kroger on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield. Bill Lackey/Staff

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