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Gold coin left in Porter County Salvation Army kettle

Updated: December 21, 2013 10:40PM



VALPARAISO — Salvation Army officials discovered a gold coin — a first for Porter County — in one of the agency’s red kettles Saturday.

The coin, date-stamped in 1868 and with an image of St. George fighting a dragon on one side and a woman, likely Queen Victoria, on the other, was deposited in the kettle during the morning-to-afternoon shift at Strack and Van Til, 2800 N. Calumet Ave., according to a news release from the Salvation Army.

A card emblazoned with Santa Claus accompanied the coin, signed by “The Bright Metal Society,” with a poem about the Three Wise Men. The value of the coin — which was described as an 1883 Queen Victoria gold coin in the card — was not immediately known.

The Red Kettle Campaign, which makes up a large percentage of the non-profit ministry’s budget, as well as a companion mail-in donation effort, has lagged behind last year.

The goal for the fund-raising effort — bell ringing is in its final week, though the mail-in campaign continues through the end of January — is $280,000. As of Thursday, the agency had raised about three-fourths of that amount.

Donations may be mailed to The Salvation Army, Porter County Corps, 799 Capitol Road, Valparaiso IN 46385. For details, call (219) 762-9191, or go to www.saportercounty.org.



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