FORT MYERS, Fla.- For the seventh straight year, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin in one of The Salvation Army’s red kettles. The coin was anonymously given and wrapped in a note that reads, “In loving memory of Mimi."
In past years the coin has been valued at approximately $1,400.
“We are always so excited and thankful when we find the Mimi Coin in our red kettles,” said Major Tom Louden. “It provides us with the hope we need, especially in light of this year’s ambitious goal.”
The red kettle campaign supports The Army’s Christmas Cheer program and also helps support dozens of other programs that operate year round.
Despite the generous donation with only 23 days left to ring, The Army is only at 19 percent of its 2011 goal of $600,000. This year’s goal was increased by $50,000 due to the fact that while the numbers of those seeking assistance year round continues to rise, donations are down.
“It’s not just Christmas needs, but the needs of thousands of families throughout the year,” explained Major Louden.
In 2010 The Salvation Army served a total of nearly 18,000 individuals providing more than 52,000 gifts and 6,700 food baskets through it's Christmas Cheer program. The organization is expecting similar if not higher numbers this year. Totals won’t be available until after the holidays.
If you would like to help volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. Call (239) 278-1551 ext. 210.