Gold coin found in Salvation Army Kettle wrapped in special message

Published: Dec. 15, 2016 at 6:31 PM EST
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A Salvation Army bell ringer at Sam's Club in Mishawaka went to tally up his totals and made quite the discovery.

A good Samaritan dropped a gold coin into his kettle.

The coin was wrapped in a 100 dollar bill and the message, 'Peace comes to the peaceful.'

The Salvation Army has ended up with a similar coin every season for the past several years, and they say it’s special ever time.

Major Monty Wandling, senior Kroc officer at the Kroc Center, said, “It's awesome that people are willing to give so generously, but it's also fun that they kind of make it fun for everyone else. We can announce, ‘Hey, we received a gold coin,’ and to send a message that they want to send and just show the community they're supporting - I think is just awesome.”

The Salvation Army hasn't gotten the coin appraised yet, but they hope it's worth more than $1,000.

The 'Red Kettle Campaign' is just more than halfway to its $159,000 goal.

That money will help families all year long across St. Joseph County.