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Salvation Army of McHenry County receives 3 gold coins in Red Kettle Campaign

The first gold coins of the season for The Salvation Army of McHenry County’s Red Kettle campaign were found Saturday in three different places, Capt. Carol Lewis said.

One was found at Wal-Mart in Woodstock, and the others at Jewel-Oscos in Crystal Lake and McHenry, Lewis said.

The tradition of dropping gold coins in the Salvation Army’s red kettles is something believed to have started in McHenry County, Lewis said.

“There’s a bit of magic surrounding the gold coins,” Lewis said. “McHenry County’s very proud of that heritage, and they kind of push this.”

Lewis said there was one quarter-ounce gold coin and two half-ounce gold coins, which could range from being worth $25 to $450. A one-ounce silver coin also was found in a kettle Wednesday, Lewis said.

The Salvation Army of McHenry County’s goal this year is to raise $200,000 from the Red Kettle campaign. Lewis said so far, it is at 33 percent of its goal.

Volunteers still can register for bell ringing at www.registertoring.com or by calling 815-455-2769. The campaign continues through Dec. 24.

“All of the fundraising in the kettles happens through volunteers,” Smith said, adding that there are 3,626 hours of shifts this season.

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