Salvation Army receives gold Krugerrand coins in red kettle

The Salvation Army of Bay County took a big step toward its annual red kettle campaign goal with a pair of gold coins this week, WJRT reported.

An anonymous donor dropped two gold Krugerrands into the red kettle outside the Kroger on Euclid Avenue in Bay City. They were wrapped inside a dollar bill to conceal them.

Krugerrands are made from an ounce of pure gold in South Africa. Similar coins donated to the Salvation Army have netted more than $1,000 apiece in past years.

The red kettles will be out until Christmas Eve to collect money to pay for a variety of Salvation Army programs that take place all year.