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Bell ringers collect gift that glitters


Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers outside a Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. Associated Press/Photo by Mark Moran/The Citizens’ Voice

Bell ringers collect gift that glitters

The Salvation Army struck gold over the weekend. Bell ringers found a gold bar worth almost $1,500 inside a red kettle for donations in Kentucky.

Do they know who put it there? It was the fourth straight year someone anonymously donated a one-ounce piece of gold, Louisville Area Commander Maj. Roy Williams told WAVE-TV. He said someone dropped it into a kettle at a Kroger in Prospect, Ky., along with a half-ounce gold coin. The organization has found other smaller gold and silver coins recently, as well. The Louisville Area Salvation Army is hoping to raise $500,000 during its annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Dig deeper: Chick-fil-A recently decided to stop making charitable donations to the Salvation Army. Read Emily Belz’s report on the fast-food chain’s giving practices.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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