WAYNESBORO, Va. -- The Waynesboro Salvation Army received two gold coins, each valued at about $1700, this week thanks to an anonymous donor who wanted to help out. The donor also left two notes with the coins.
Lt. John Blevins, with the Salvation Army, said the donation is an incredible blessing.
“It's a wonderful occurrence, something that's never happened here in Waynesboro,” said Lt. Blevins, “I think, again, it just speaks to the generosity of this community. No matter what the occasion is, no matter what the need is, this community always arises to help us meet it.”
One note reads, “With wealth comes responsibility to help others,” and the other coin reads, “Helping others is what God wants us to do.”
The Salvation Army was about $4,000 short of its fundraising this year and this donation will help fill that financial gap.
The coins will most likely be sold at a place that can trade coins for cash. That money will go straight to help the Waynesboro Salvation Army.
The money collected in the kettle keeps the army running throughout the year, not just during the holidays.