POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Two rare gold coins were donated this year to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign.
The 1947 50 Peso Mexican gold coins were donated Nov. 27 and Wednesday at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, at 1199 S. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.
The Salvation Army received five of the same exact coins during last year's Red Kettle Campaign.
"This mystery donor has certainly lifted our holiday spirits once again. These unique gifts help us highlight the incredible support needed for the programs that take place during the holidays and all year-round," said Maj. Keath Biggers, area commander for The Salvation Army of Broward County.
The Salvation Army said the gold coins, which were wrapped in $1 bills, have come at a crucial time for the organization as kettle donations are down from last year.
Salvation Army representatives said the loss in donations causes a reduction in services that they offer and the ability to meet the needs of those seeking housing and assistance.
"I am confident the community will follow the lead of this mystery donor and rally to support their Salvation Army this holiday season," Biggers said.
To make a donation to the Red Kettle Campaign, text BROWARD BELLS to 91999 or go to www.salvationarmyfortlauderdale.org. Volunteers interested in donating time as a bell-ringer should call Greg Jackson at 954-712-2432.