Burlington, NC -- You know it's the Christmas season when you hear the bells and see the red kettles in store-fronts.
Nothing like the sights and sounds of volunteers ringing the bell for your donations into the red kettles for the Salvation Army.
Every year you hear stories from across the country of random gifts of diamonds, gold coins or other valuables left in kettles.
This year it seems someone really likes the Salvation Army of Alamance County. Major Jimmy Taylor told WFMY News 2 the organization struck gold twice this season.
On Tuesday, December 11 someone left two Australian gold coins and a $50 US Liberty platinum coin were dropped into one of The Salvation Army's red kettles. The three coins were appraised locally for close to $1,700, according to, Lt. Jimmy Taylor.
The first gold blessing came on Tuesday, December 4 after someone left a Canadian Maple Leaf gold piece worth $1,600 in a kettle.
Lt. Taylor said this about the donation: "While we are behind our goal of $150,000 for the year, donations like this continue to bring us closer allowing us to continue 'Doing the Most Good' in our community for those that need it most."
The Salvation Army's red kettle program runs through Dec. 24th and raises funds to support the Army's work in Alamance County.
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