The Salvation Army is no stranger to receiving gold coins through its annual Red Kettle fundraising campaign, but the organization discovered its first gold coin donation of the fundraising season last week. Its estimated value is around $100.
A few years ago, the local chapter of the Salvation Army received a gold coin around one ounce in weight, valued at around $1,000. While this coin found last week in a Red Kettle isn’t worth quite as much, it’s still well received and appreciated, especially since the Red Cross is very behind in donations compared to this time last year.
“We are down about $20,000 this year as compared to last year at the same point, and it’s really concerning for us,” said Elmira Red Cross Commanding Officer Maj. Craig Haggerty. “We’ve had a difficult time getting people to go out, so we’re looking for volunteers who are willing to go outside and stand in the cold for a few hours and give us a hand.”
The Red Cross is still looking for volunteers to help the Red Kettle drive, if you’re interested, visit the ‘Empire Division’ page on the Salvation Army’s website.