Ray said the money generated from the gold coin, and other Red Kettle donations, will be used “to make sure lots of people get help.”
Among other things, the Salvation Army uses donations to operate homeless shelters, supply electricity, heat, clothing and food for those in need, work with at-risk children and provide camp opportunities for children with disabilities.
As for the mysterious donor of the gold coin, Ray said the Salvation Army has no desire to track them down. However, he does have a message for them.
“To the gold coin bandit, I just want to say thank you on the behalf of the Salvation Army and on the behalf of the community for doing something so amazingly unique and compassionate,” Ray said. “I’m guessing you are the type of person that is doing other amazing things in the community and it doesn’t just stop here. We love you and the community loves you.”