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.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
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.READ MORE: Southlake Ranks 20th 'Best Small City In America'; Keller & Flower Mound Most Affordable
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.MORE NEWS: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
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