SHELBY, NC (WBTV) - It was no surprise to Sergeants Anne and Bill Bennett. The Salvation Army directors in Shelby have come to expect the gold coins showing up in the kettles. They have for the last 14 years.
The coins, called Krugerrands, are a rare South American form of solid gold currency. The current value of one Krugerrand is $1,400.
The anonymous person never leaves a note, or any way to recognize exactly who he is. Last year the man called Sgt. Bennett to say he was sorry for only leaving 2 coins.
The Salvation Army can purchase toys for 56 children with one small coin. They say if they ever met the man behind the Krugerrands, they'd both give him a huge hug and an even bigger thank you.