Chicago Area Salvation Army Receives First Gold Coin of the Season #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

November 14, 2019

Tim Boyle


Christmas is right around the corner and the Salvation Army has already begun their kettle donation season. Stationed at many stores and places around the city, Salvation Army volunteers are out there with the red kettles, red aprons, and bells asking for monetary donations for families during the holiday season. The money then goes to fundraising efforts for social service programs that provide shelter, food, and after-school programs. 

Last week an anonymous donor dropped a 1-ounce “Gold Eagle” coin, worth between $1,200 and $1,500, into a red kettle at a Hobby Lobby in Crystal Lake!

This is the first gold coin of the year for the Salvation Army and Major Barbara Owen, corps officer at The Salvation Army Crystal Lake Corps Community Center, said this is just one example of the generosity of the people in McHenry County. 

The Red Kettle campaign began in San Francisco back in 1891 and was then brought to Chicago 30 years ago. Since then the Salvation Army has raised millions of dollars for social service programs and community efforts. 

Such an amazing way to kick off the holiday season with a  gold coin donated to help families in need! #GoodVibes