LYNNWOOD — An anonymous donor dropped off a rare gold coin with an estimated value of $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle Tuesday in Lynnwood.
An unemployed construction worker was on duty as a paid bell ringer on a drizzly evening when someone dropped the 1 ounce gold coin into the kettle outside of a Fred Meyer on 164th Street SW, according to the local branch of the Christian charity.
The 1997 Liberty Coin still must be authenticated.
The bell ringer is homeless and sleeps at the Salvation Army’s cold weather shelter when temperatures drop below freezing, according to the charity. This is his first year working as a bell ringer.
Proceeds from the coin will go toward helping him and others in similar situations, the Salvation Army said.
There are about 35 red kettles in the Everett area. Bell ringers will be out through Saturday evening.
Some are volunteers. Some are paid, a job that offers training, experience and a little spending money.