Gold teeth donated to Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign

Bell-ringers receive unique donations in red kettles


ORLANDO, Fla. – Maj. Tim Williford, the development officer for the Salvation Army, says he has never seen anything like it before.

When his volunteers were counting the dollar bills and coins that were collected over the last few weeks from bell ringers and red kettles in Orlando, they found four gold teeth.

"I've never gotten teeth before," Williford said.

Right now, he doesn't know how much they're worth. That's because he's been working to find out how much some other odd but welcome donations are valued at.

Someone donated a 5-ounce silver bar, valued at $92.

Someone else donated a 2013 U.S. silver coin, which is valued at $17.

The largest donation came in the form of a 1986 Krugerrand, which is a gold South African coin. It's valued at nearly $1300.

"We could help 13 kids with their toys for Christmas, or we could do 300 meals in our shelters,". Williford told Local 6. "So, that's a significant gift for us."

Those donations come at one of the busiest times for the Orlando area Salvation Army.

Bell ringers are collecting money at local Publix and Walmart stores, and the volunteers and staff at the Salvation Army are getting ready for the Angel Tree giveaway next week.

Williford reminds everyone every little bit helps at this time of year.

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