HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Wrapped in a small plastic bag, an anonymous donor dropped a 1979 Krugerrand gold coin in a Salvation Army red kettle in Lihue this past Saturday.
The Boy Scouts from Troop 148 were bell ringing beside the red kettle in front of Longs Drugs store when the donation was made. The Krugerrand is a bullion coin containing exactly one ounce of pure gold. It is estimated to be worth $1,200 to $1,400.
"We're so happy to receive this gift from this very generous donor," said Envoy Joy Groenleer, Salvation Army corps officer in Lihue. Last year, another 1979 Krugerrand gold coin was dropped in a kettle in Koloa by an anonymous donor. "It is possible that the coin comes from the same generous donor and we are sending our heartfelt thank you."
The donation comes at a time when The Salvation Army is behind 14 percent in kettle donations compared to last year. That translates to about $98,700 less than last year's kettle donations in Hawaii.
With four more days before the end of the bell ringing campaign, The Salvation Army is optimistic that the public will respond generously to help fund and sustain its year-round programs by donating to the red kettles.