Helping Others

Mystery donor drops $1,100 gold coin into Roseville Salvation Army kettle

The Citizens' Voice via AP

Into the red pot some gold was deposited last week in Roseville when somebody dropped a Krugerrand into a Salvation Army kettle.

The anonymous donor dropped the 1979 coin minted in South Africa into the kettle on Thursday outside the Hobby Lobby store, 1815 Douglas Blvd.

The next day, the donor called just to confirm the coin valued at $1,100 was turned over to officials at the Salvation Army.

“This is definitely a Christmas surprise,” said Lt. John Morrow, Salvation Army of Roseville Corps officer. “We appreciate the donor’s incredible gesture and that person’s support for the Salvation Army.”

Salvation Army kettles and bell-ringers are positioned all over the Sacramento region, with about 30 red kettles in south Placer County. The south Placer kettles have raised about $120,000 since late November.

The money raised from the Christmas campaign supports Salvation Army programs such as social service assistance year-around, Christmas assistance and youth programs.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan, stressing that his action was directed at sanctioning South Africa’s apartheid government, banned all importation of Krugerrand coins to the United States. With the later arrival of democracy to South Africa, the ban was lifted.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews