Mystery Donor Leaves $1,740 Gold Coin In TN Kettle

A mystery donor dropped a South African gold coin worth $1,740 in a Salvation Army kettle outside a Tennessee Sam's Club.

Jill Crow, past chairwoman of the Salvation Army advisory board, told The Leaf-Chronicle this is the fifth year the anonymous donor has given a gold coin. She said they call the donor the "angel of giving."

Crow said the Salvation Army depends on annual donations placed in the red kettles located outside of stores to keep its shelter open. She said the donation at the Clarksville Sam's Club will go a long way toward that goal. The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $150,000 this year.

Crow said they found the coin Thursday night while counting money.

She said the group is very thankful for the person's generosity.


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  • by Lucky Location: Hyde on Dec 11, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    I always give to the Salvation Army if it wasn't for them, people in hyde would not had good prepared food during Isabell. The red cross passed out pb&j on old bread. Thank You! We don't need toys ,churchs see the local children receive- no need to double dip.
  • by 40some on Dec 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    They held food one time during a local disaster that was donated to them for 5 days, local perishable donations, that went bad and was eventually thrown in a dumpster. It was a disaster releif center, many agencies were there. They gave NONE of the donated food out to the public that was there seeking releif.
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      by anon on Dec 11, 2011 at 02:21 PM in reply to 40some
      It's pretty silly to donate perishable food items--especially during a disaster--let alone dole it out or receive it.
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        by 40some on Dec 11, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to anon
        They had a truck load of bread for 5 days, might have been a day or two old. There were hundreds if not thousands of people by day five needing help. They threw the whole truck load in the dumpster, but I wouldn't be surprised if the folks that wouldn't give it out took some home.
  • by Mom of 2 on Dec 11, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    I refuse to support to the Salvation Army. Ive seen/heard so many different things happening. A lady knew one of the children and had the gift that was listed on the Angel Tree card. She dropped off the item and asked that this child on the card would get the item for sure. She was told yes, when she left the people at the Salvation Army said throw it in the box with all the other items that had already been collected. Also, I went to go see if I could get a friend some Christmas help for her children and this was at the end of November. Now this is a public program and was not announced like it normally was we found out. They had only posted fliers in Social Services and the Health Department. For a parent to hit hard times, I see that as a low blow. For a parent that doesnt have to depend on the Health Department or Social Services to carry them throughout the year it is a low blow! I see these programs are designed for the ones who already get everything else...not to help some of the ones who really need it! Also, when they receive donations in, you can believe they "pick through" and get what they want first.
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      by Picked Through on Dec 11, 2011 at 08:25 PM in reply to Mom of 2
      I don't know much about what you said (I'm not poor or in need nor have I ever been) but the "Picking Through" phenomenon is one I've seen many times. The employees get to pick what they want before it goes on sale on the "showroom floor". Also, the prices they charge can sometimes be ridiculous. Not really THEIR fault because they don't always know the true value of some items. But in contrast, how many poor folks are gonna be looking for (or be able to afford) high ticket items? So, even a low-balled Rolex would be too pricey for a homeless guy.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 11, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Wow, I was wondering what I did with that coin.
  • by amanda Location: nc on Dec 11, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Tenn. people are so nice!!
  • by 40some on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    Is the salvation army still using that same old gold coin to get exposure and get folks to give?
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