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Gold coin donor: "I was blessed with 1 more year"

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 1 ounce gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill was found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle Wednesday morning.

The Salvation Army said the coin was dropped into a kettle out the Fred Meyer store in Wandermere.

According to the Salvation Army the tradition started years ago but last year's coin came with a message:

“If, by chance, in 2017 you get the usual gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill left in a pot at the north entry of Fred Meyer in Wandermere, you will know I was given one more year. One more year to remember and give thanks…”

This year's gift was accompanied with a note reading:

"I was blessed with 1 more year.  Bless you for the help you give to so many."

The Salvation Army said the donor is a firefighter and it wishes to thank him for his generous donation.

The 1 ounce coin has a value of $1,300.


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