CHAMPAIGN – For the fifth year in a row, the Champaign County Salvation Army fished something special from a donation kettle.
A donor pushed an Austrian 4 ducat gold coin into the slot in the kettle stationed at the County Market on Kirby Avenue and Duncan Road on Monday, sometime between noon and 8 p.m., said Kettle and Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Hall. The coin is valued at $335.
It's the fifth year, at least, that The Salvation Army has received a gold coin as a donation, she said. However, its location was a little different this year. In past years, the coin was donated at the County Market on Philo Road.
"They always come in at a County Market, which is strange," Hall said. The type of coin has been different each year, she said.
While the coin will be sold and its proceeds added to The Salvation Army's Red Kettle funds, Hall said the organization is still "searching desperately" for bell-ringing volunteers.
Call Hall at 373-7832 for more information.