RALEIGH — Among the crumpled dollars and the dull gleam of the pennies and other change, there was a little more sparkle in one of the Salvation Army's red kettles.
A one-ounce gold coin, valued at $619, was placed in the kettle at the Wal-Mart on New Hope Church Road, said Rany Knipe, accountant for the agency. "I have been counting these kettles for several years now, and it never gets old to find these interesting coins," Knipe said in news release Thursday.
In Wake County, there are 22 kettle locations.
The goal for the 25-day ringing season is $150,000, and the campaign ends Saturday.