Donations to Salvation Army doubled on Saturday in Ann Arbor-area

Robyn Ryan
December 23, 2017

The first gold coin - a half-ounce Krugerrand from South Africa - was discovered inside a Bixby kettle on December 2.

The money raised is used to help people in need throughout the year.

Every year, someone drops a valuable coin, often wrapped in a $100 bill, in one of the kettles.

The Great Plains Health Foundation presented a $2,700 donation to the local Salvation Army chapter Thursday morning.

It's another color of coin showing up in kettles this season that has these guys excited.

"I wish I had a little larger bell", O'Mara said, adding with a chuckle, "this one doesn't really ring, it just sort of tinkles".

"I've been out here ringing bells about three times this year", O'Mara said.

"It will help a lot of people, once it gets back to the office and they do what they have to do with it", Gimenez explained.

There are two days left in the campaign and donations are being accepted in four ways. "The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the Phoenix Convention Center, our corporate partners, generous donors and dedicated volunteers... all without whom this dinner would not be possible".

"We always trust that God will come through to provide what is needed even when things seem like we won't be able to meet our budget as they do this year".

"We are a people of faith so we are looking for our Christmas miracle as some would say and we're going to hold out hope until the last penny is covered tomorrow evening", said George.

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