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Gold coin found in Salvation Army kettle in downtown Portland

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Someone dropped a gold coin into a Salvation Army kettle in downtown Portland.

The surprise donation was made Saturday in front of Nordstrom. The 1-ounce American eagle gold coin was discovered the following morning while donations were being counted.

An ounce of gold is currently valued at more than $1,000. 

"We are touched by the generosity of our community," says Major Ken Perine, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle. "We continue to be blessed year after year by generous gold coin donors, and while we never expect them, we are so grateful to them. We are humbled that they choose us to be the steward of their donation. Our promise to you, and to everyone who gives to The Salvation Army, is that we will continue to feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and meet the greatest needs in Portland."

Last year, multiple gold coins were dropped in Salvation Army kettles in Portland.

The Salvation Army stated the donation is a big help toward reaching its $750,000 goal, especially since several past participants in the bell ringing program have closed this year.

Kettles can be found at participating stores including Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertson's, Bi-Mart, BigLots, Fry's Electronics, Hobby Lobby, JCPenney, Macy's, Shopko, Walgreen's and Walmart locations across the Portland Metro area.

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