A mysterious donor has given the Salvation Army a rare coin every year for the past decade.
The South African Krugerrand from 1980 ends up clinking in the red tin once a year, with its owner seemingly remaining unrecognized.
Last year the coin was valued at $1,765.
Salvation Army supporters have since expressed their gratitude for the anonymous coin tosser.
“So nice of this person and they don’t want any recognition. So rare these days,” one person wrote.
Another person said, “Pray that this person has a long and healthy life.”
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“Merry Christmas to the mystery coin droppers!” said a third person.
Every donation to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goes toward providing meals, shelter and gifts for those less fortunate.
The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign began back in 1891 when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee wanted to give back to the homeless in San Francisco.
McFee’s previous experience as a sailor in Liverpool, England, helped him come up with the idea of displaying a pot in public in the hopes that civilians would donate.
“Let the pot boil,” was written on the kettle.
The kettlepot idea spread from the West Coast to Boston within six years.
This year, the joint nationwide effort resulted in 150,000 holiday meals for those less fortunate.
In 1901, donations from red cauldrons helped finance the first-ever giant dinner at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Today, The Salvation Army supports over 4 million people in the United States during the holiday season.