Salvation Army gets Red Kettle surprise

Workers discovered the gold coin inside a kettle Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. (The Salvation Army of Holland)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD)— Salvation Army volunteers got a Red Kettle surprise in Holland this week.

Someone dropped a gold coin into a Red Kettle at the SpartanNash Family Fare store on Washington Avenue, according to the organization’s Ottawa County development director, Jeremy Monteith.

The Canadian Maple Leaf coin was marked as a $50 piece. However, when the Salvation Army of Holland took the coin to a local dealer, they were in for a second surprise: it’s worth an estimated $1,150.

Monteith said they believe the coin was dropped into the kettle Monday or Tuesday. Employees found it while counting donations Wednesday.

Monteith says the Salvation Army in Holland plans to sell the coin and use the money it brings in toward outreach, like rental and utility assistance and filling pantry shelves.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles will be outside stores accepting donations up until Christmas Eve.

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