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$1,200 gold bars donated to Sioux Falls Salvation Army

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two gold bars valued at more than $1,200 each were dropped in kettles in Sioux Falls, the Salvation Army said.

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Charity spokesman Steve Cook told the Argus Leader one bar was dropped this week in a kettle wrapped in a note that read, “Bell Ringers are Special People.”

The other gold bar was dropped in a kettle in Sioux Falls about three weeks ago, he said.

The Salvation Army received $1,230 for the first gold bar, and Cook expects to receive a similar amount for second one.

It’s been at least two years since a donation of that value was made to the Salvation Army, he said.

“Were always hopeful for something like that,” Cook said. “We’ve had lot of people drops things of value in there and we take every donation serious because it goes towards helping those in need.”