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."