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The Salvation Army says somebody dropped three gold coins worth more than $4,000 into a kettle at Oregon supermarket. The Salvation Army says somebody dropped three gold coins worth more than $4,000 into a kettle at Oregon supermarket.
A Salvation Army holiday collection kettle. A Salvation Army holiday collection kettle.

BEAVERTON, ORE. (AP) - The Salvation Army says somebody dropped three gold coins worth more than $4,000 into a kettle at Beaverton supermarket.

They were Krugerrands from South Africa, often donated across the country. This year, Krugerrands have been reported in kettles in North Dakota, Iowa and Indiana.

The Salvation Army Portland Metro said Wednesday the money was welcome because Thanksgiving was late this year, shortening the holiday season by a week, equaling about $113,000 in donations.

Salvation Army receives diamond ring

MIAMI (AP) - The Salvation Army says someone dropped a diamond ring in one of the group's kettles outside a South Florida grocery store.

A release from the charitable organization says the ring - valued at $3,500 - was donated anonymously Wednesday outside a Publix in southwest Miami-Dade County. Attached was a handwritten note saying, "Please continue your good work caring for the needy in God's name."

Linda Payton, captain of The Salvation Army's Sunset Corps, says this is the fourth year the group has received a similar donation from what appears to be the same person.

The Salvation Army is an international organization that focuses on helping the poor. The group's bell ringers and red collection kettles are a common sight outside of stores and other locations during the holiday season.

Gold coin found in C. Ind. Salvation Army kettle

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Someone has again anonymously dropped a gold Krugerrand coin into a Salvation Army red kettle in a central Indiana city.

Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg says the South African coin was found in one of its Kokomo kettles last week and it was sold it for $1,220. The Kokomo Tribune reports this marks the fifth straight year that a Krugerrand donation has been made in the city.

Brandenburg says the coin sold for about $400 less than last year when the price of gold was higher.

He says the donation of the coin is a big boost since the group is about $50,000 short of its $82,500 fundraising goal for Kokomo.

Brandenburg says it's always exciting to find one of the gold coins inside a kettle.

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