Gold coins donated to area Salvation Army kettles

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A holiday tradition meant to help those in need has happened again for the St. Louis area salvation army. The charity received its first gold coin of this holiday season.

The coin was anonymously dropped into a red kettle over the weekend at the St. Clair square mall. We`re told the kettle was outside of Dillard`s and was being staffed by volunteers from the Fairview Heights rotary club.

Salvation Army officials say the gold coin weighs one ounce and is worth about $1,200. They tell us gold coins have been dropped into kettles at Saint Clair square mall for the past 15 years.

The coins help the Salvation Army respond to the needs of many. The red kettles are part of the tree of lights fundraising campaign. The Salvation Army is trying to raise $5.8 million dollars with the tree of lights by the end of January.

If you don’t have to donate a gold coin then donate online. For every $10 you donate, you’ll be entered to win a 2014 Cadillac ATS from the Bommarito Automotive Group. News 11 is one of the sponsors of the Tree of Lights Campaign