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Gold coin donated in Mishawaka

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It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it spreads a little joy.  We're talking about someone placing a gold coin in a Salvation Army Kettle.  It happened at Sam's Club in Mishawaka on Tuesday.  They discovered the gold coin wrapped with a quote on a small piece of paper and a 100 dollar bill.

If bell ringing were a sport, you could say the bell ringer's at Mishawaka's Sam's Club on Tuesday won the SuperBowl.   "I think he was kind of like a kid at Christmas opening a present."  Major Timothy Best describing Dan Smethhurst, the 10-year employee who made the discovery.

Dan says, "I was picking up bell ringers and then after the bell ringers we take the money back and we count it. And I just happened to get the bucket that had the gold piece in it. It's exciting."

This gold coin, which they estimate will be worth about $1700, was wrapped in a quote by the wife of the Salvation Army's founder. And again wrapped inside a 100 dollar bill. They believe the same donor did the same thing last year. Same coin, wrapped in a different quote, wrapped in a 100 dollar bill --  same kettle. Dan found that one, too.

Dan says, "I'm grateful for it. And I thank the guy that does it. He's blessed and God's got a hold of him, I believe."

Major Best says, "I was very excited. I was hopeful, you know. I know that they've been donated in the past and I know it's a tradition around the country in the Salvation Army so, I was very hopeful that we would but there's no describing actually seeing the coin and knowing that you have it."

And it comes at a good time, as donations are down this year.

"It's been a little bit tougher. we're about $10,000 behind at this point as far as our kettle effort."

This golden donation gives them a needed push and a lot of hope.

 "If you could get a message out to the person who did this, "What would you say?" "God Bless You, Love you all."

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