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Published December 21 2011

Golden tradition continues for Salvation Army fund drive in Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO – We may not get a White Christmas this year, but a golden tradition is continuing for the Salvation Army.

On Tuesday, a gold coin was deposited in a Salvation Army kettle in Fargo.

It marked the ninth year someone has anonymously left such a gift.

“We’re so grateful to the individual who deposited the gold coin. It has become somewhat of a tradition and we anxiously wait each year to see if a special coin will come,” said Capt. Bill Mealy of the Salvation Army.

This year’s coin, a South African Krugerrand valued at more than $1,600, was dropped in a kettle at the Sunmart store at 3175 25th St. S., Fargo.

In the past, Krugerrands as well as American Gold Eagle coins have been anonymously given to the Salvation Army during its annual fund drive.

In many cases the coin is wrapped in something, and this year was no exception, said Gerri Leach, communications director for the local Salvation Army. The South African Krugerrand was wrapped in a $5 bill.

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $810,000 this year. As of today, it remained about $260,000 short of that goal.