Days after first gold coin, Alton's Salvation Army finds another in kettle

Andrew Cummings
December 16, 2017

The Salvation Army red kettle program is only 52% to its Christmas goal of raising $750,000. Just under $60,000 had been raised through kettles as of December 15, about $6,000 short of the same point previous year.

Salvation Army - Alton Corps kettle counter Fran Steward shows off the second gold coin found by bell-ringers in recent days.


The Salvation Army is putting out the call for help.

Police in Portage are looking into the theft of a Salvation Army Red Kettle.


"We know the lead-up to Christmas is expensive, buying presents for under the trees and food on the table", he said. "Every year, the support we raise during this time, goes directly back into this community, which is why every Christmas season, the Red Kettle campaign is so important to us".

"The children and their families have given so much to those less fortunate than themselves", she said. "Yeah, everybody has been great", Holland says. Elvis and Kathy are thankful and they and their little girl Diamond are at the Salvation Army instead of sleeping in their auto, like they had been for a few nights.


The Chatham-Kent Salvation Army is looking for a Christmas Grinch who stole a vehicle full of toys. At The Salvation Army, we are working year-round to not only break the cycle of poverty, but also provide that hand up and encouragement necessary for sustainability. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination.

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