Salvation Army receives first gold donation of the season in red kettles

BART Board President Bevan Dufty pours change into a Salvation Army red kettle at the Powell Street Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on December 03, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
BART Board President Bevan Dufty pours change into a Salvation Army red kettle at the Powell Street Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on December 03, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division has received its first gold donations in the Red Kettles during the 2020 Christmas season.

According to the Salvation Army, a one-ounce 2005 $50 American Gold Eagle coin was dropped into a kettle outside the Jewel-Osco in Bartlett, located at 125 E. Stearns Rd., on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Salvation Army Tri-Corps Community Center in St. Charles will receive this generous anonymous donation worth an estimated $1,800-1,900.

Also on Saturday, a one-ounce fine gold bar was dropped into a kettle outside the Jewel-Osco in Mundelein, located at 1150 W. Maple Ave. The donation, worth an estimated $1,800-1,900, will help fund programs and services at The Salvation Army Waukegan Corps.

"We are so grateful for these very generous donations," said Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, Salvation Army Metropolitan Divisional Commander. "They are the embodiment of our call to help Rescue Christmas for our neighbors. These donations will help a family stay in their home, put food on the table, and provide gifts for the holidays."

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign dates back to 1891 in San Francisco. Gold and silver coins donated to The Salvation Army Red Kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition of giving throughout Chicagoland.

But unlike previous years, The Salvation Army launched the Rescue Christmas campaign nearly two months early in 2020 to meet the unprecedented need. Some Salvation Army locations in Chicagoland have seen as much as a fivefold increase in requests for food and emergency assistance since the start of the pandemic.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Rescue Christmas campaign, please visit www.salarmychristmas.org.