DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army says someone dropped a gold coin valued at more than $1,000 in a kettle last weekend in Des Moines.
The charity says Monday that a donor dropped the gold coin in a kettle at a Dahl’s supermarket on the city’s southside on Saturday. It’s worth about $1,200.
It’s the second gold coin left at a Salvation Army kettle in the Des Moines area this season.
The Salvation Army in Des Moines hopes to raise $1.2 million from its Red Kettle campaign and is about two-thirds toward that target.
The charity says the tradition of anonymously dropping gold coins in its kettles began about 30 years ago when such a coin was placed in a kettle in Crystal lake, Ill.