An amazing sixth gold coin has been discovered in a Lee County, Florida red kettle. The 1976 South African Krugerrand was dropped into a kettle at the Publix at Colonial and Summerlin sometime Tuesday and discovered by a volunteer early Wednesday morning. Major Tom Louden says he had faith the community would be giving during the last two days of the red kettle campaign but had no idea that an unprecedented six gold coins would be donated. “If this amazing amount of goodwill continues during the last two days of the red kettle campaign, we may just see a miracle and meet our fund raising goal. These gold coins combined with the many other donations we have seen in the past few days truly shows the unbelievable generosity of those that call Southwest Florida home,” Louden says.
Five other gold coins have already been discovered in Lee County kettles this holiday season, bringing the total number of coins to six. It was wrapped in a note that reads “In loving memory of Mimi.” Most of the Krugerrands were wrapped in notes that quote bible verses. The latest Krugerrand was wrapped in a note that quotes Psalms, Proverbs and Winston Churchill. The Churchill quote reads “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” The identity of all the donors remains a mystery however some of the notes do have similar handwriting.
All of the coins and notes are still available for photo opportunities. The volunteers who have been touched by the extreme generosity of the mysterious donors are also available for interviews.
The Salvation Army is in the final stretch of its Red Kettle Campaign and has raised $415,000 of the $550,000 goal with just two days left.