Days after first gold coin, Alton's Salvation Army finds another in kettle

Dec 17, 2017, 01:39
Days after first gold coin, Alton's Salvation Army finds another in kettle

Salvation Army - Alton Corps kettle counter Fran Steward shows off the second gold coin found by bell-ringers in recent days.

Previously, Gelzinnis said the value of the gold coins discovered in their signature red kettles was $5; on Wednesday, Gelzinnis said the actual value is between $120 and $150 apiece.

The Tyler Salvation Army program has grown so large that volunteers have come from as far as Florida to help out.

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The Salvation Army red kettle program is only 52% to its Christmas goal of raising $750,000. "It's interesting because the parents say, 'Here's my 6-year-old boy, let's find a 6-year-old boy to purchase some toys for so they can get a connection too with the kids", Repass said.

"Even if you have a dollar, just a dollar, it will mean so much because dollars add up", Jones said.

And they need about 500 frozen turkeys that will be given out to families in need. Will we be able to meet the year-round needs of the underserved in our neighborhoods?

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"While it seems daunting when you look at it as a big number, the public is so generous, people do respond and we certainly appreciate it, and we appreciate it when people do return the gifts", he said. "We also have an extra stand for anyone who may want to go downtown and ring". "Christmas time is a great for us". He hopes the Salvation Army can ease the burden for as many people as possible.

While many are preparing to finish up for the year and begin holidays, Dunedin's social service agencies are just getting started. The gift will be allocated to the Salvation Army location nearest to the person's billing ZIP code.

He had nothing but praise for the estimated 200 volunteers who will give of their time this season to help those in need. Beth Sturdivant with the Salvation Army.

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