This week an anonymous donor dropped a couple coins into one of the red kettles around town. These proved to be much more than pocket change, they were two gold Krugerrands!

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For those of us not used to having gold coins lying around, The Krugerrand is a South African gold coin, first minted in 1967 to help market South African gold and produced by the South African Mint. By 1980 the Krugerrand accounted for 90% of the global gold coin market. As of this morning, gold was trading for just over $1,200 an ounce. These two gold coins are quite the donation indeed!

According to Claudia Jackson, Director of Public Relations "This is the first time that Grand Junction has been blessed with this amazing donation." "To our secret donor, thank you and Merry Christmas!"

Thursday morning a man handed a bell ringer an envelope containing a $100 bill and a one-ounce gold piece. "They're not only expensive items, but they're items from people who thought about things that were important to them and shared with those that did not have," Jackson said.

These donations came at a great time especially since the Salvation Army’s funding was low this year. Jackson said they were down by $33,000 for Christmas.

The need is great and God bless those of you that have given. There's still time to drop your donations into one of those famous red kettles. You and I may not be able to drop in a couple gold coins but any amount is helpful and much appreciated.