The Salvation Army's Secret Santa is back.
A one ounce gold coin was found in the red kettle at Lynn's Dakota Mart in Sturgis Wednesday night. It was wrapped in a $100 bill and a familiar Charlie Brown Cartoon. An attached note read: "Thanks for all the good you continue to do."
A second coin was found at the Rapid City Sears store. It was also wrapped in a $100 bill but it had a bible verse instead of a cartoon.
Thursday trading price for gold was $1,196 an ounce, making the total contribution $2,592.
Mark Kirkeby with the Salvation Army of the Black Hills said the donation means more than 50 families will be able to keep their homes heated this winter.
"The character of this individual who wishes to remain anonymous is
incredibly humbling, that they would continue to entrust the Salvation Army
to be the steward of their generosity," said Kirkeby.
Kirkeby said this is the seventh year, that he can remember, receiving gold coin donations from a good Samaritan.