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Valuable Coin Dropped in a Red Kettle
Valuable Coin Dropped in a Red Kettle

During the Christmas Season, you often hear of valuable coins, diamond jewelry, or gold pieces that are dropped in a Salvation Army Red Kettle.  These are typically national stories that the Rochester area has not been part of for a number of years.  However, last week a platinum coin was dropped in a Red Kettle, right here in our community!  This valuable shekel is a "$25" 1/4 oz. Platinum Eagle Coin, which is selling for around $500 online.  The Salvation Army will talk to a couple local coin dealers and find an option that maximizes the cash worth of the donation.  "This is the first really valuable coin I have seen in a Rochester area Red Kettle during my five Christmas Seasons in Rochester," shared Major James Frye, local Salvation Army officer.  "These finds are not only great donations, but are a lot of fun for the community to learn about.  Hopefully, this will inspire others to drop valuable items into our kettles in the future."  The Red Kettle drive has 5 days left and needs to raise $100,000 in the Red Kettles, in order to meet the $330,000 Christmas Eve goal.  The overall fund drive for the entire Christmas Season (which includes kettle donations) stands at about $400,000, with the hopes of reaching $800,000 by year end.


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