Gold coin put into Salvation Army kettle

The gold coin was wrapped inside a dollar bill with a note attached. (Salvation Army)

November 30, 2011 7:24:00 AM PST
They're familiar sights around town this time of year; the Salvation Army's red kettles. And according to the organization, a gold coin was dropped into one of them last night.

The gold coin was found inside a folded dollar bill with a note attached that read, "A child is born, Jesus!" It was dropped into the kettle outside a Sam's Club at 5310 South Rice.

"This is a wonderful start to our holiday fundraising efforts, and really makes all of us feel that much more motivated to continue doing what we're doing to help others this Christmas," said Captain Roman Leal of The Salvation Army in a press release sent out this morning.

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is the largest and oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, and the funds raised locally benefit programs and services operated by the Greater Houston Area Command across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties at 18 area facilities.

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