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First gold coin arrives in Salvation Army's red kettle in Naperville

As the Salvation Army’s traditional red kettle bell ringing has just begun, organizers announced in a news release that it has received a gold coin and a silver bar in the kettle at Casey’s Foods, 24 West Gartner Road, Naperville.

A 1-ounce African Krugerrand gold coin, valued at approximately $1,278 and a 1-ounce silver bar pendent, valued at approximately $17, were found Nov. 15, the release stated.

Gold and silver coins donated to the Salvation Army's red kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition of giving throughout Chicagoland and surrounding communities, the release stated.

Volunteers for the Aurora Corps Community Center were ringing bells at this location, and the Aurora center will be the recipients of the anonymous donation, ensuring its ability to continue providing emergency assistance, a food pantry and holiday meals this year, the release stated.

“Knowing that there are people in our community, with the means to generate excitement around the joy of giving, is a true blessing,” Aurora’s Capt. Rich Forney stated in the release. “Someone here in Naperville is very generous, and they are supporting a great cause. Hopefully it will start the trend of many more showing up in the kettles around the Chicago area.”

To find out how to volunteer or to help, visit www.salvationarmyfightforgood.org.

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