Portland Salvation Army finds one-ounce gold bar in red kettle

Someone donated a one-ounce gold bar to a Salvation Army red kettle in Portland on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Salvation Army in Portland received another unexpected donation in a red kettle Saturday.

Officials say someone dropped a one-ounce gold brick into a kettle at the Fred Meyer’s on Cesar Estrada Chavez Boulevard and Hawthorne Boulevard.

The Salvation Army said the gold brick is a little larger than a domino piece and weighs about as much as a small padlock.

"At first, I thought it was a keychain, since we get a lot of people who accidently put their keys in the kettle along with their lose change" said Cpt. Marcos Marquez from The Salvation Army who discovered the gold. "But when I looked closer and realized that it didn't have a key attached. I was shocked to see that it was a small bar of gold!"

The Salvation Army said it will secure the gold and have it appraised by a professional.

At this date, one ounce of gold is worth $1,258.10, according to

The Salvation Army of Portland is hoping to raise $750,000 with their annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Recently, someone donated $10,000 in cash at another Fred Meyer red kettle.

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