By Natalie Zarowny
The Salvation Army's ‘Red Kettle Campaign' is off to a bright start.
The first gold coin of the season was dropped in a red kettle at Schnuck's market in Bettendorf this past Friday.
Salvation Army workers said this is the first time on record a gold coin has been found on the very first day of their most important fundraiser of the year.
They said it just goes to show how giving folks in the Quad Cities are.
"When someone drops a gold coin in a kettle, that just goes to show you that there are a lot of really, people out there who really care about taking care of those who are less fortunate, who really feel that there's no hope," said Major Gary Felton, QC coordinator for the Salvation Army.
The coin, a quarter ounce American Gold Eagle, will be used, along with all other coins dropped in the kettles, for the Salvation Army's work in the Quad Cities.