Mysterious Donations

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles fill up with spare change and bills during the holiday season, but every year there’s a few unique and mysterious donations that appear. Here are a few that made our list in 2010:

South African Krugerrand

Krugerrands – A South African gold Krugerrand coin worth $1,100 was dropped into a Shreveport, LA Salvation Army red kettle. Two more Krugerrand coins were dropped into Salvation Army red kettles in Fort Collins, CO. Yet another was anonymously donated in Kauai, Hawaii. Who knew so many people have Krugerrands?

Wedding Band and Diamond Ring - This surprising donation was found wrapped around a $1 dollar bill in a kettle in Indiana.

In a similar  incident in Minnesota, a woman donated her husband’s wedding band to a kettle, but it was on accident. Thankfully, she recovered it from The Salvation Army when she noticed it was gone from her coin purse. Whoops!

The mysery nugget

Gold Nugget – Wrapped in a plastic baggy, the 2.2 ounce gold nugget donated to a Florida kettle is estimated to be worth $2,800. The mystery note that came with it read, “This gold nugget is a family keepsake. Please use its value to help those in need with the Salvation Army.” It was signed, “a friend.”

Double Eagle Gold Coin

Gold coin, donated “In Loving Memory of Mimi.” For the past six years, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Double Eagle gold coin – wrapped in a note honoring Mimi – into one of South Florida’s Red Kettles. The coin, printed in 1928, is valued at $1,400.

Several other rare gold and silver coins have been donated to kettles all over the country!

Secret Santa donates $100,000

$100,000 from the North Pole – The Salvation Army received several extremely generous, anonymous donations in our kettles this year. One however, in Joplin, Missouri, came from “Santa Claus.” Five checks totaling $20,000 came from the jolly old elf, hidden in folded dollar bills.

15 Comments on “Mysterious Donations

  1. Those are people with generous hearts of gold (pun intended:)…their rewards will be in heaven! If you have a little extra I encourage and plead to give what u can. I always remind myself of the blessings God has bestowed upon me and know without a doubt what I need to give. Please think of the cold, hungry and lonely people who are in need. Even if its only $20, its more than they have and could buy a meal,a coat,diapers etcHappy New Year and may your hearts be filled with compassion and love!

  2. These donations just prove that we are still a Christian nation, no matter how hard the believers in the doctrine of Marx and Engels try to eliminate us and our belief from this nation. It makes me smile to see this organization still standing as a beacon of Christian light, after all these years and after all the attacks against Christianity.

    We understand as Christians, that no one takes anything with them when they leave this world except their good works. as it is written in Christ’s book of Revelation we are Judged according to our works (Revelation 20:12-13). Christians remember All donations to the Salvation Army are counted by our Father as good works.

    Christian Americans, remain generous to places such as the Salvation Army. We are facing hard financial times ahead and many will need the help of organizations such as the Salvation Army. I would like to say thank you to all those who gave to the Salvation Army during 2010, this includes those who donated and those who volunteered. Your good works are stored up in Heaven, no man can take them away, all are accounted for, and they will follow you there.

    Onward Christian Soldiers Continue to fight the good fight (Ephesians 6)

  3. It does my heart good to hear stories like this, but I have to say, my family has always made donations to the Salvation Army. Just today might be my last time though due to person representing the store today.
    Today I loaded up my truck with lots of NEW items that we purchased to donate as well as the checked clothing and coats that usually gets dropped off this time of year. A few items to be donated were new in the box such as two (2) infant car seats. Two (2) Booster seats. Two (2) coats for a boy and a girl. New underwear and socks. Three (3) new Christmas trees 4 ft. Lots and lots of cloths that were barely worn and a few things from the house.
    It is quite a drive to make these donations and usually I feel good about myself leaving the building knowing that others will be blessed as well. I arrived at the store to only be turned away because I was nine (9) minutes late. The only people in the store were two employees just chatting with each other. Let me tell you I usually drop things off 4 to 5 times a year, with never a thought about a time when donations were not taken. The second part of this is the attitude I received when asking about times to make these donations.
    Im sure that my donations will be welcome other places instead of the Salvation Army in the future.
    I was denied my blessing from the Salvation Army. And I will choose another organization or charity to make these donations too.
    Blessings for 2011 to all of you.
    B. Wengert

  4. Mr. Wengert, I’m very sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for your willingness and generosity to donate – we very much appreciate it! If you can let me know which store (address, city, state) you visited, I’ll make sure to send this to the appropriate people so that they can look into the situation.


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