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Salvation Army: 4 gold coins dropped in Crystal Lake red kettle just before Christmas

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division has received nine gold coins in donation buckets spanning from Rockford to Northwest Indiana, including Crystal Lake, in the final days of the Red Kettle Campaign, according to the organization.

It was on Dec. 20 when two, 1-ounce Gold Eagle coins and two 1978 South Africa Krugerrand coins were dropped into a red kettle at Jewel-Osco, 6140 Route 14, Crystal Lake, according to The Salvation Army. The four coins have been valued at a total of more than $5,700, according to the organization.

“While we don’t know who the donors are, we do know the hope their gifts provide,” said Commissioner Barry Swanson, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “These gifts help families seeking food to eat, somewhere safe to sleep or help after a disaster. Our one goal is to deliver, in the name of Jesus, the gift of hope to every community, and we count on the continued support of our army of donors, volunteers, employees and partner agencies to do that. We accept with much gratitude these gifts, and every donation entrusted to us to serve our neighbors in need.”

These Crystal Lake coins were four of the nine donated between Dec. 19 and Dec. 21, according to the organization. Others include:

• One 1900 Liberty Head $5 gold coin donated on Dec. 19 at Cabela’s, 7700 Cabela Drive, Hammond, Indiana. It was valued at about $400.

• One half-ounce $25 Gold Eagle coin donated on Dec. 20 at Schnucks, 6410 East State St., Rockford. It was valued at $800 to $850.

• Two 1980 1-ounce South Africa Krugerrand coins donated on Dec. 21 at Mariano’s, 1900 S. Cumberland Ave., Park Ridge. These coins were valued at about $1,550 each.

• One 1983 1-ounce South Africa Krugerrand coin donated on Dec. 21 at Strack & Van Til, 9632 Cline Ave., Highland, Indiana. It was valued at about $1,550.

The Salvation Army states “numerous silver coins and other objects of value have also been dropped in the red kettles.”

The gifts will help The Salvation Army provide a number of programs and services to individuals throughout the Chicago area, including family shelters, food pantries, homeless outreach, support services for survivors of human trafficking, children’s programs, emergency disaster services and Christmas assistance.

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