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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Salvation Army says they have received their first golden coin of the year in a Red Kettle.

The coin was found in a kettle at the University Avenue Hy-Vee in Waterloo. An anonymous donor dropped the coin in with a note that read, "On the first day of Christmas, I give to the Salvation Army because I love the Cedar Valley."

"The Salvation Army is humbled by the generosity of the donor and grateful for the blessings that will result from this gift," said Grace Kole, Development Director for the Salvation Army of Waterloo. "It is always a thrill and delight to discover what the Red Kettle holds."

The organization uses their Red Kettle bell ringers for their annual campaign to help the needy. Right now, the Waterloo/Cedar Falls branch is at 40% of their $727,000 goal. The campaign covers nearly half of the groups yearly operating budget.

Every year, a few gold coins are dropped into kettles.

"This one this year was a little different," Kole said of the coin.

The group has several special events coming up, noted below:

The Mayoral Challenge will be taking place this Saturday, December 13. Show your support for your city by visiting your mayor as he rings the bell for The Salvation Army.

    · To see Mayor Buck Clark and contribute to his kettle, visit the Crossroads Hy-Vee Main Entrance from 10 am - noon.

    · To see Mayor Crews and contribute to his kettle, visit the College Square Hy-Vee Right Entrance from 10 am - noon.

The Red Kettle campaign accounts for 40% of the annual operating budget of The Salvation Army. Contributions now assist families throughout the entire year. Donations can be made in any of the following ways:

    · Visiting one of the 24 Red Kettle locations in Cedar Falls, Evansdale, or Waterloo

    · By mail at PO Box 867, Waterloo, IA, 50704

    · Online at www.onlineredkettle.org (Search for Waterloo)

    · In person at 89 Franklin Street in Waterloo. Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

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