PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s gold in them thar Salvation Army kettles.
And fancy gold at that.
Three South African gold Krugerrands were found in a kettle outside a Beaverton Fred Meyer on Tuesday. The gold is worth $4,275.
"This is truly a blessing for our services and community as we approach Christmas,” said Jared Arnold of the Salvation Army Tualatin Valley Citadel. "With Christmas just a week away, we know we just have a few days left to raise money for essential services to the community. A donation like this will really go far in helping those in need."
A similar thing happened the past two years.
Krugerrands have dropped several hundred dollars in value in the past year.
Fund-raising had been down for the Salvation Army this year, thanks in large part to a late Thanksgiving that shortened the Christmas shopping season.
The Salvation Army estimated it’s about $100,000 behind where it usually is at this time of the year.