In Libertyville, Illinois, a generous unidentified person dropped a $1,200 gold coin into a Salvation Army Red Kettle, kicking off this year's holiday charity campaign which began on November 10 across over 200 Chicago locations, as reported by NBC Chicago.
The South African 1/2 Krugerrand coin was not just a significant financial contribution but also symbolized the seasonal spirit of giving. Money raised will aid the Salvation Army in providing crucial resources like food and clothing to migrant families in Waukegan and Libertyville, as mentioned by the Chicago Sun-Times.
As an increasing number of migrant families in the area seek rent assistance and clothing vouchers, Major Dan Faundez of The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps underscored the donation's importance in fulfilling these poses. In addition, it will help restock pantry supplies, as the organization has struggled to meet demand, he conveyed to the Chicago Sun-Times.
In previous years, similar acts of kindness have taken place, with ten gold coins received by the Salvation Army's north and central Illinois division last year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2019, a near $2,000 gold coin was left in a kettle in Tinley Park, outside the Jewel-Osco on 17117 S. Harlem Ave., complete with a Mint State-60 grade note, as reported by NBC Chicago. The same year, a 1-ounce "Gold Eagle" coin, valued between $1,200 and $1,500, was found at a Crystal Lake Hobby Lobby. The tradition of donating valuable coins seems to continue.
The Salvation Army's Christmas fundraising goal for this season is $18 million. Despite ongoing economic adversities and migrant family struggles, acts of seasonal care extend even during challenging times.