Published: Dec 06, 2012 4:17 PM EST
Updated: Dec 06, 2012 5:32 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- For the eighth straight year, an anonymous donor has dropped a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin in one of The Salvation Army’s red kettles. The coin, as in previous years, was wrapped in a note that reads, “In loving memory of Mimi.” The coin is dated 1907 and has been valued at approximately $1,700.

This generous donation comes at a good time – with only 19 days left to ring, The Army is only at 34 percent of its 2012 goal of $720,000.

“The gift in memory of Mimi means so much to us,” said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties. “We find value not only in the worth of the gold itself, but in the hope it represents to the people The Salvation Army serves every day.”

In 2011, The Salvation Army served a total more than 20,000 individuals providing more than 37,000 gifts and 5,800 food baskets through its Christmas Cheer program. The organization is expecting similar numbers this year.

If you would like to help, volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. Call 278-1551 ext. 210.