Salvation Army Gets ‘Golden’ Offer

CHICAGO (WBBM) — You see it every year around the holidays: Passersby dropping coins into those red Salvation Army kettles.

LISTEN: Mary Frances Bragiel Reports

And, every year, some especially generous folks drop about two dozen real gold coins into the buckets.

This year, according to a Salvation Army spokesperson, an anonymous donor is going one step further: He or she is offering to match the value of the gold coins–up to 100 coins.

At least four coins have been found so far this year.

That’s a pretty nice gift: Gold is currently trading for about $1,300 an ounce.

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  • ucity88

    That’s great.

    I sure with anonymous donors would step up and offer some jobs…I’m a professional with a bachelor’s degree and many years of experience and can’t find anything after a year out of work and applying for hundreds of positions.

    And there are millions of others like me in Chicago.

  • ucity88

    EDITOR’S NOTE: wish, not with

  • Pot-of-gold

    Are you serious, ucity88? I’m sorry you can’t find a job, but do you know what the Salvation Army does for people who need it? Please get some help with your feel-sorry-for-myself problems. I think you can get it for free at Cook County Hospital. I doubt the people the Salvation Army helps have any access to a computer, much less the internet. Try to remember there are ALWAYS people worst off than you; maybe that will help you. Try to be happy for the people are are being helped, and not annoyed by it.

  • really?

    I can completely sympathize with ucity88. I was in the exact same boat myself. He’s not feeling sorry for himself or dissing the Salvation Army, he’s merely expressing frustration at an inability to get a job and be a contributing member of society. Mayhap Pot-of-gold should try not to get annoyed so easily, either.

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