Dec 26, 2015 1:13 PM

Gold coin discovered in Nashua Salvation Army kettle for second year in a row

NASHUA - For the second year in a row, the Salvation Army found a gold coin in one of its red kettles in Nashua just before Christmas.

According to The Telegraph of Nashua, the coin was found the evening of Dec. 23 in the kettle outside the Market Basket in Somerset Plaza.

"It was anonymous - the coin was wrapped in a dollar bill, and included a note that said thank you again for all your service," Salvation Army Major David Moore said.

The note said the coin was worth $1,400.

Last Christmas, a gold coin was dropped in a kettle located in front of the state liquor store on Coliseum Avenue on New Year's Eve.

"We sold it at the Groundhog Breakfast auction to a generous individual for $1,600," Moore said Thursday.

He hopes to do the same with this coin at the 2016 Groundhog Breakfast on Feb. 2.

Last holiday season the Salvation Army received about $250,000 from its local kettle collections, which go to support not just Christmas giving, but emergency disaster aid, a food pantry, clothing donations and camp experiences for children during the year.

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