Salvation Army receives first gold coins of the season in Batavia, Geneva

Jeff Bowgren of St. Charles rings the bell for the Salvation Army outside the Jewel-Osco in Batavia. A coveted gold coin was recently discovered in the kettle at that location.

The Salvation Army received its first anonymous gold coin donations of the season in the red kettles at Jewel-Osco in Batavia and Starbucks on State Street in Geneva on Nov. 26.

According to a news release from The Salvation Army, the coin found in the Batavia kettle was a 1-ounce fine gold American Buffalo coin valued at $2,000. The coin found in the Geneva kettle was a 1-ounce fine gold Standing Liberty coin also valued at $2,000.

Jeff Bowgren of St. Charles rings the bell for the Salvation Army outside the Jewel-Osco in Batavia. A coveted gold coin was recently discovered in the kettle at that location.

Both coins will help fund programs and services at The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps Joe K Anderson Community Center, which provides support for Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and central Kane County, according to the release.

“These gifts will allow us to show support and love to families who are struggling to stay in their homes, put a warm meal on the table and provide Christmas gifts for their children,” Lt. Scott Smith, officer at The Salvation Army St. Charles Corps, said in the release. “These generous donors are helping make an impact in our community at Christmas and all year round.”

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign dates to 1891 in San Francisco. Gold and silver coins donated to The Salvation Army Red Kettles have become a much-anticipated holiday tradition of giving, according to the release.