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Eight gold coins valued over $7000 left in Salvation Army kettles

23 December 2017

More than 75 families benefited from the Salvation Army services and almost 100 children will have gifts to unwrap.

"We were doing fine until about last week", Hughes said.

The state as a whole is down 11 percent compared to previous year, the Kettles specifically are down 11 percent.

The Great Plains Health Foundation presented a $2,700 donation to the local Salvation Army chapter Thursday morning.

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Although the generous gifts have helped, The Salvation Army has a long way to go to reach its goal before the kettle campaign wraps up Saturday. "The money will help us find a new vehicle to expand the number of kids involved".

"It's really rewarding", Wolfe Sr. said.

This year, two valuable coins have been dropped so far - an 1882 Morgan silver dollar and a 1915 five-dollar Indian Head gold coin. "Sometimes, a volunteer doesn't show up for whatever reason, so they give me a call, and I come and fill in". The tally is a jump at this time over a year ago and the Salvation Army's red kettle program is operating only three days a week instead of six days a week like it did in 2016. "I had her so I had to quit working and that is one reason got a little tight having a new one, but actually it is a real blessing".

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London England and now serves in 128 countries around the world.

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"They don't ask for themselves, but to give to others", O'Mara said.

Pavlakis, who worked with the organization for 14 years, says he has not seen anything like this.

George says one of the biggest problems is that people aren't carrying around as much cash as they used to.

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Eight gold coins valued over $7000 left in Salvation Army kettles