Salvation Army ringer finds gold in kettle

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. - The Salvation Army says an anonymous donor dropped a 1-ounce gold bar worth an estimated $1,200 in one of its red kettles outside a store in northern Indiana.

Corinne Charleston tells The News-Dispatch  she was thrilled to find a $50 bill in the kettle, but then found the gold that had been placed in a kettle in Michigan City over the weekend. Then she discovered the gold bar.

Salvation Army Lt. Bill Brutto says he's aware of gold coins being left in kettles, but says in his 10 years with the organization it is the first time he's seen it happen. Brutto says the gold bar was wrapped in a $1 bill.

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