Eight gold coins valued over $7000 left in Salvation Army kettles

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Volunteers with the Salvation Army of Tulsa discovered five US $20 gold pieces that had been dropped into a red kettle recently. This year's kettle goal is $700,000.

"We match their kettle drive on two Saturdays in December, so this year we matched $25,000", said Mike.

Greater Baton Rouge has suffered a 14 percent decrease in Red Kettle donations in comparison to last year's donations.

The money raised is used to help people in need throughout the year.

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m., with meal service from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. Dinner guests will be seated and served restaurant style by hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

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"We're just hoping that this reminder, and that seeing the folks this money helps, might be some inspiration for folks to help us out", said Judy Regamey, Salvation Army executive director, at the Salvation Army Addictions and Residential Centre. While Chapman said he is not sure who makes the donations, he has an idea.

"We were doing fine until about last week", Hughes said. The coins are worth over $8,000. "The Salvation Army does have opportunities for online donations, but that hasn't kept up with the difference in what we've been down in our kettles".

Every year, someone drops a valuable coin, often wrapped in a $100 bill, in one of the kettles. For the second time in three days, a gold coin was donated.

Stewart said volunteers - both individuals and businesses - made the initiative possible this year.