Salvation Army gets kettle of gold - KOTA Territory News

Salvation Army gets kettle of gold

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The Salvation Army red kettle looked a little more like a pot of gold!

A gold coin was collected while counting the red kettle from the new Shopko location in Sturgis on Saturday.

The charity has received the gold coin in previous years, and it's always wrapped in a "Peanuts" cartoon.

This year though, it also came wrapped in a one hundred dollar bill.

Major Jim Beardsley says the coin itself is worth more than $1,600.

"We're just thrilled just to get it. The fact that you have a tradition going on, year after year, that somebody who wants to make a large contribution would stop by. We have bell ringers that will fight over that location," says Beardsley.

Beardsley says all the red kettles seemed golden this year; they are up more than 12 percent.

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