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Second gold coin of the season dropped in Geneva Salvation Army bucket

Coin is worth $1,500

This 1996 gold coin was dropped into the Salvation Army's red kettle outside a Geneva Starbucks on Nov. 22. It is worth about $1,500.
This 1996 gold coin was dropped into the Salvation Army's red kettle outside a Geneva Starbucks on Nov. 22. It is worth about $1,500.

GENEVA – The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division has received its second gold coin donation, and this time, the generous gift was dropped into a red kettle outside the Starbucks at 229 W. State St. in Geneva, according to a news release. The 1-ounce 1996 gold eagle coin was donated on Nov. 22.

The Salvation Army St. Charles Tri-City Corps Community Center was ringing bells at this location, and will be the recipient of the anonymous donation. The gift, which is worth about $1,500, will help the organization provide a food pantry, emergency assistance, after-school programming, holiday meals, and other services to those in need in St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva and central Kane County, the release stated.

"We are thrilled to be the recipient of such a wonderful gift!” said Lt. Dena Smith, corps officer at the Salvation Army St. Charles (Tri-City) Corps Community Center, in the news release. “We are so blessed that we will be able to bless others with this contribution."

According to the news release, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign dates back to 1891 in San Francisco. Gold and silver coins donated to The Salvation Army red kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition of giving throughout Chicagoland.

The Red Kettle Campaign is a part of the organization’s larger Christmas fundraising campaign that raises funds for more than 50 social service programs throughout the year, including shelter, food, after-school programs and more, the release stated.

For more information on how to support the Salvation Army during the holidays, visit www.salarmychicago.org.

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