of Salvation Army bell ringers experienced an
amplified feelings of generosity from gift
givers this year. There were reported accounts
of over 30 gold coins donated in
Salvation Army kettles.
many more. Itís nearly impossible to track
special coin donations on the national scale
through news accounts.
Anonymous donors in the Chicago area alone
have reportedly given at least 15 gold and
nearly 60 silver coins. Although each was
given by someone with a generous heart, most
donít make the news as thereís no face and
resulting story to associate with the person
And letís not forget, the bread and butter
of the red kettle campaign comes through the
donations of every day people providing a bit
of their pocket change before entering or
leaving a store. Thereís hundreds of thousands
of storied to be told.
But still, itís interesting to take in the
uniqueness of kettle gifts that have included
platinum, gold, silver and rare coins, gold
bars, nuggets, rolled $100 dollar bills,
rings, and even a gold tooth here and there.
The South African Krugerrand tops in
popularity for gold coins donated. Its 1982
legend lives onÖ
most common gold coin donated has been the
one-ounce South African
Krugerrand. These coins are known
world-wide and are somewhat unusual - they
donít show a face value. They are instead
denominated in 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce,
or 1/10 ounce pure gold.
One side of the coin has an image of Paul
Kruger, an early president of South Africa. On
the other side is a springbok, an antelope
native to the country.
Why are more Krugerrands donated? Likely,
because thereíre a common gold coin hoarded
for investment purposes. Yet, you never know Ö
Columbustelegram.com recounts a holiday legend
of the Krugerrand. The legend says:
"Öa World War II veteran started the
tradition as a means of showing his
gratitude for the Salvation Armyís front
line service during the war. After he died
the legend says his children or others
have kept the tradition of donating
Krugerrands alive during the holiday
Salvation Army Donations are not just at
While the red kettle campaign ends today,
you donít have to visit a store with a bell
ringerís kettle to donate. The Salvation Army
online donations as well and itís all for
the same good causes and needing families.
According to their website:
Through your support of The Salvation
Army, you are giving back to those who
need it most in your community; helping
provide toys for kids at Christmas, coats
for the homeless, food for the hungry and
many other social services throughout the
More than 83 cents of every dollar
raised goes toward direct assistance to
families in need in 5,000 communities
across the country.
The Salvation Army has been conducting
their holiday fundraising for many years now.
kettle campaign began back in 1891 and is
now used worldwide. It was started by Captain
Joseph McGee who wanted to provide a free
Christmas dinner for the poor in San