Amid the dollar bills, checks and silver coins at the bottom of one Salvation Army donation kettle, officials at the Caldwell Corps of the organization found a glimmer of Christmas gold.
According to a Salvation Army press release, Major Robyn Bridgeo uncovered a 1-ounce brick of gold in a kettle that was outside a Walmart in Ontario, Ore. The gold bar, just a bit bigger than a domino and heavy as a small padlock, is worth about $1,250.
It’s not entirely unheard-of. The Salvation Army said people drop gold coins and jewelry in the containers, among other things.
“I’ve seen a lot of strange things dropped in the kettle over the years, but this is awesome,” Bridgeo said in the release. “This generous gift is a true reflection of the hearts of the people here in the Treasure Valley.”
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It wasn’t clear who put the brick in the kettle on Monday. Officials said it was marked, stamped and inside a protective case.
“The Salvation Army will secure the gold and get it appraised by a professional,” the release said.