LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Salvation Army has struck gold.

According to a news release, an anonymous donor dropped a Gold Krugerrand -- a gold coin worth more than $1,100 -- into a collection kettle at the Walmart at Bashford Manor.

The donation was discovered as kettle collections were counted Thursday evening.

Major Roy Williams of the Salvation Army says such donations don't happen often, but they do bring a smile to organizers when they do.

"With just two days to go in our campaign and still about $3,500 short of where we were a year ago at this time, this was welcome news," Major Williams said, according to the news release. "Finding the gold coin really underscores the generosity of this great community and it reaffirms that folks continue to support the mission after 133 years in Louisville; it's truly a blessing so close to Christmas."

The 126th Red Kettle campaign ends at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve in Louisville. The campaign hopes to reach a $475,000 goal to raise funds to maintain programs and services throughout the year.

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