Published: Dec 19, 2012 10:56 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Salvation Army received several more unique donations in its red kettles around town.

Two 1975 gold Krugerrand coins were given this week, each valued at around $1,700 and given along with notes with Bible verses on the importance of giving generously:

“Now I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 1 Corinthians 9” 6-7

“Parable of the Rich Man: Beware and be on your guard against every form of greed for not even when one has abundance does not his life consist of his
possessions. But God said to him ‘You fool - this very night your soul is required of you, and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15, 20-21

A 2012 Liberty Eagle silver dollar was dropped in a red kettle with a note that read: “Inspired by ‘In Memory of Mimi’ donor.”

Another anonymous donor dropped $1,000 cash in $100 bills in The Salvation Army’s red kettle, the second such donation this season.

“It’s such a blessing each time we open the kettles up to find these rare donations,” said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. “Especially now, when we are so concerned about meeting our goal, these gifts bring us hope. Donors in this community never cease to amaze me.”

With only five days left to ring the bells, The Salvation Army has only reached 54 percent of its $720,000 goal – the charity must raise over $66,000 each day to meet that goal. It is critical that funds be raised to meet the increasing needs of food and shelter for homeless families in the community.