The Lake County Salvation Army reports one generous donor dropped a surprise in a red kettle in Highland. On Thursday, while counting the donations from the day before, one Salvation Army volunteer found what looked to be an old coin in a clear plastic envelope. It turned out to be an 1898 Lady Liberty Ten Dollar Gold Piece in fairly good condition with just a few scratches on it. In its condition, the coin is worth around $500. In fine condition, the coin is worth $619 wholesale. The coin was deposited in a Red Kettle stationed at the Strack & Van Til store in Highland. Lake County Coordinator, Major Jose Tamayo, says the money from the old coin will go a long way to feeding and caring for those in need this Christmas season, and wished he could thank the donor personally.
December 24 is the last day of the Red Kettle Campaign. The fundraising goal for Lake County is $500,000. As of December 12, The Salvation Army Lake County has raised $222,000, a $44,000 increase over the same time last year. Click here to sign up to be a Bell Ringer.