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GOLDEN BOOST: Red Kettle Receives Big Donation

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A mysterious Good Samaritan put some treasure in an Iowa Salvation Army Red Kettle this week.

The Quad Cities Chapter says someone dropped a gold coin into a kettle outside a Bettendorf grocery store.

The coin is worth more than $400 and was found folded up inside a dollar bill.

This is the first time a gold coin has been donated on the first official day of the Red Kettle campaign.

Officials say the donation will go a long way towards helping needy families in the area.  

Quad Cities Salvation Army Representative Gary Felton said, “The need is so great. There are a lot of people who are really struggling, especially this time of year.  We want to make sure that every child and every family has a joyous Christmas.”

The Red Kettle campaign is underway at 60 locations here in Central Iowa, but they’re still looking for volunteers to ring bells.

Volunteer information can be found on the Red Kettle website.  

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