Salvation Army Kettles Collect Gold Coins in Chicago Area

The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area.

The Salvation Army said in a statement that a "Gold Eagle" coin, worth about $1,200, was deposited by an anonymous donor in a red kettle at a store in Crystal Lake on Friday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports someone dropped a South African Krugerrand coin, also worth about $1,200, and several gold coins and bars of undetermined value at a store in Geneva on Saturday. Another 1-ounce Gold Eagle coin was donated Saturday at a store in Fox Lake.

Lt. Col. Charles Smith, the Salvation Army's Metropolitan Divisional Commander, said in a statement that "these donors are bringing help, hope and comfort to our most vulnerable neighbors."

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