A bell ringer for the Salvation Military had a pleasant shock dropped of their kettle this weekend.
Someday on Saturday an nameless donor dropped a gold coin within the kettle outdoors of Passion Foyer in Shelby. In keeping with Sgt. Les Ashby the coin is value between $1,200 and $1,500.
“It actually helps tremendously, particularly with our donations down this yr,” mentioned Ashby.
This yr marks a minimum of the fifth that somebody has dropped a gold coin in a kettle round Shelby. In 2018-19, the cash have been left in a kettle outdoors of Wal-Mart. Every time the donor has chosen to present anonymously.
In 2019, the coin was wrapped in a dollar bill and dropped into the kettle by a younger man. With the 2020 fundraiser presently falling properly behind its projected objective, Ashby mentioned presents just like the gold coin are an actual blessing.
“We’re in all probability near $10,000 behind the place we have been final yr resulting from not having bell ringers in any respect our areas. This helps to get our objective,” he mentioned.
The Salvation Military kicked off its annual fundraiser in November with a objective of elevating greater than $100,000 earlier than Christmas. The cash collected is used to fund Salvation Military service efforts all year long.
Bell ringers will stay out till Christmas Eve.
Dustin George could be reached at 704-669-3337 or Dustin.George@ShelbyStar.com. Discover him on Twitter @DustinLGeorge.