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MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) – A Salvation Army bell ringer in North Texas recently got a lot of shiny surprises — to be exact there were 72 surprises.

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When workers collected one of their Red Kettles in Mansfield they found that someone had dropped 72 silver dollars inside.

The donation was made at the Kroger grocery store off of Highway 360.

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While they are called silver dollars their value is far greater. The coins are valued at about $19 apiece, so that means, in that single donation, the Salvation Army received more than $1,300.

The Red Kettle Campaign kickoff off last month. Money dropped in the buckets over the holiday season will help operate more than a dozen Salvation Army centers across North Texas and help Texans in need with food, clothing, toys, shelter, and other assistance.

Last year more than $2 million was collected in Dallas-area red kettles. Money from the fundraising effort makes up more than 5-percent of the Salvation Army’s annual budget.

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