Salvation Army workers were surprised to find an additional gift while counting coins Tuesday morning at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Something gold and shiny glimmered through the thin and crumpled paper– a Krugerrand coin. On the paper that enclosed the coin was scribbled “a child is born, Jesus.”
The Krugerrand is a rare South African gold coin and is very valuable because of its purity. The Krugerrand is believed to have been received in the Red Kettle that was located at the K-mart in Mableton.
“I just can’t believe it,” says Capt. Sandra Pawar, Corps officer of the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in Atlanta, “We have been praying for something special to happen this Christmas and it did.”
Major Marshall Gesner, Metro Atlanta Area Commander, said the coin has an estimated worth of $1,600 to $1,700.
“Although the donor is unknown to us they are not to God. We are very grateful for the gift and wish Christmas Blessings to the donor,” Gesner said.
There are several ways to donate and help those in need, you can call and make a credit card donation at 404-486-2900 Monday – Friday during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; donate online at www.salvationarmyatlanta.org or when you see the Red Kettle give.
Salvation Army workers in Atlanta counting donations found a special Christmas gift in one of their red kettles Tuesday morning: a single coin wrapped in a piece of paper.