OKLAHOMA CITY – One of Salvation Army’s red kettles in Oklahoma City received its first ever large donation in the form of a gold Canadian coin.
It has become a tradition.
Captain Carlyle Gargis with the Salvation Army said this is the first gold coin Oklahoma has ever received.
“It was wrapped up in this $2 bill, just like this when we pulled it out of the kettle, under this fine little piece of paper, a one ounce gold maple leaf,” Gargis said.
The coin is worth $1,275, a lot of money in the form of a single coin.
An anonymous donor dropped it off in a red kettle at the Homeland on 125th St. and May Tuesday night.
Paulsen said the donation will have a great impact on the community but whether it’s $1,000 or a single penny, every bit counts.
“I just wish all of them the best and if I can help in any small way then that makes me feel good,” Paulsen said.
“There’s a mother and children that will have a warm place to stay, they’ll have a nice meal to eat, they won’t be out in the cold and they’ll be out some place safe,” Gargis said.
If you can’t make it out to a kettle bell location but would like to help, you can donate online.