Gold Coin Dropped In Salvation Army Red Kettle In Shelby

SHELBY, N.C. (News Release) — A gold coin was dropped into a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Shelby, North Carolina on Black Friday. An anonymous phone call tipped The Salvation Army that a “special gift” had been donated at a kettle. The gift was an Austrian 100 Corona gold piece from 1915.

A note accompanied the gold coin which read, “Thank you for sharing the true joy, love, and peace of Christmas with others throughout each year. It is my hope that this gift will encourage you, those you serve, and others who give generously.”

“I got a call on Friday morning saying a special gift had been dropped into a Red Kettle,” said Sergeant Les Ashby, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Shelby. “The caller instructed me to use the gift to help people and encourage others to give. We were thrilled when we opened the kettle and found a gold coin!”
Money raised through the Red Kettle campaign provides Christmas to local families in need and to safeguard the well-being of the community through year-round programming and social services.

“This donation will really help people in this community,” added Ashby. “I would like to thank the donor for the gift and your beautiful message. You have certainly encouraged us and be assured your generosity will encourage and support others.”

Volunteers from New Bethel Church were manning the Red Kettles on Friday morning. Volunteer Mike Ledford remembers helping a person push something thick into the kettle.

“A person came to the kettle holding a thick object wrapped in a dollar bill. I helped push it into the kettle – it almost didn’t fit. I know now it was the gold coin,” said Mike. “I feel so good I was volunteering at that time. This money will go a long way in helping people.”

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is the largest and oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, having originated in 1891 in San Francisco. All money raised in the Red Kettles stays in the local community. The Red Kettle campaign ends December 24. Donate to the Red Kettle campaign at or volunteer to ring the bells at a kettle at