Gold Coins Dropped in Suburban Salvation Army Kettle

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 3:39 PM CDT
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The $50 coins were dropped into a kettle in Lake Zurich Wednesday and have a total value of $5,200, according to the Salvation Army.

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The holiday season's first golden coins reportedly have been dropped in a suburban Salvation Army red kettle.

Four $50 gold coins that have a total value of $5,200 were dropped into a kettle Wednesday in Lake Zurich, according to the Salvation Army.

The dropping of gold coins in Salvation Army Red Kettles has become a holiday tradition in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

The tradition began in McHenry County more than 30 years ago, and the organization has since received more than 400 gold coins from anonymous donors.

"This time of year, we are reminded of the generosity of our donors, and the needs of our clients," said Captain David Martinez of The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps. “Gold coins are important, not only because of the direct benefit that the additional funds provide to the people that we serve, but also because it provides both our bell ringers and our community with more optimism for the year to come.”

The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps, which includes Lake Zurich, said they've seen an increase in the number of families, individuals and seniors requesting emergency help with rent and utilities this year.

The familiar Red Kettles will disappear from the streets on Dec. 24.

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