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Rare Krugerrand dropped into Salvation Army kettle for 8th consecutive year in Michigan

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Posted at 8:13 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 08:13:08-05

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Salvation Army’s Secret Santa didn’t let 2020 stop them from rescuing Christmas this year.

For the eighth consecutive year, a rare 1980 South African gold Krugerrand was dropped into a red kettle at the Kroger on 23191 Marter Road in St. Clair Shores.

The coin – valued at an estimated $2,030 – helped The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit move toward its goal of raising $8 million for neighbors in need this Christmas season.

Since 2013, a mysterious and generous person has deposited a Krugerrand into the red kettle, always around the same time and location, according to the organization.

This recent donation brings the total count to eight Kruggerand coins, which combined have an estimated value of nearly $9,430.

For those who don’t have an extra gold Krugerrand lying around in their home, metro Detroiters can still donate to The Salvation Army’s 2020 Red Kettle Campaign by:

  • Texting GIFT to 24365
  • Donating money via an online or physical red kettle
  • Using contactless Kettle Pay at physical red kettles via Apple Pay or Google Pay
  • Visiting salmich.org
  • Calling 877-SAL-MICH