Gold coin dropped in Salvation Army kettle in Mebane

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MEBANE, N.C. -- Officials with The Salvation Army say an anonymous donor dropped a gold coin worth $1,600 in one of their red Christmas kettles in Alamance County. 

Officials said the Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin was placed in a kettle on Tuesday at the Lowe's Foods in Mebane.  It was appraised and then sold for $1,600. 

"This is an enormous blessing," said Lt. Jimmy Taylor with The Salvation Army of Alamance County.  "The generosity of this anonymous individual is astounding and we are so grateful." 

Taylor says such donations bring the organization closer to its goal of $150,000.  He said it also marks the third year in a row that someone has anonymously placed a gold coin in one of their kettles. 

The Salvation Army's red kettle campaign runs through Dec. 24.