Mimi coin appears in Salvation Army kettle in Lehigh Acres

FOX 4 Staff

Mimi coin appears in Salvation Army kettle in Lehigh Acres

By FOX 4 Staff. CREATED Dec 7, 2012

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A mystery donor dropped a $20 Liberty Eagle gold coin into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles for the eighth straight year.  This time the coin surfaced in Lehigh Acres.

Just as in previous year the coin was wrapped in a note that reads, "In loving memory of Mimi."  The coin dated 1907, is valued at approximately $1,700.

The generous donation comes at a good time with only 19 days left for the kettle ringers to collect money toward this year's goal of $720,000.  The Army is only 34% of the way there.

“The gift in memory of Mimi means so much to us,” said Major Tom Louden, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties. “We find value not only in the worth of the gold itself, but in the hope it represents to the people The Salvation Army serves every day.”

In 2011 The Salvation Army served a total more than 20,000 individuals providing more than 37,000 gifts and 5,800 food baskets through its Christmas Cheer program. The organization is expecting similar numbers this year.

If you would like to help, volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. Call 278-1551 ext. 210.