Portland Salvation Army finds one-ounce gold bar in red kettle
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 Apmex.com.
The Salvation Army of Portland is hoping to raise $750,000 with their annual Red Kettle Campaign.