Salvation Army Receives Unusual Donation

The Salvation Army in Fairbanks received an unusual donation in its red collection kettles this holiday season. Salvation Army Fairbanks Major Kevin Bottjen says the anonymous gifts were dropped into several of its red collection kettles in local store fronts Dec. 23.

Bottjen says the bars, worth about $30 each, are the most unique donation he’s encountered in his Salvation Army career.

Bottjen says the small rectangular bars have embossed text and pictures, marking everything from Father’s Day to Watergate.  He suspects a single source donated the silver.

Bottjen says the bars will be sold with proceeds going to support local Salvation Army programs.  The money will be used to provide food and vouchers for clothing, furniture, and utility bills for people in need.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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