"So we just thought it would be nice to help them out just a little bit more", says John Barickman, a parent who participated in the program.
"These are very rare coins here, these gold pieces are over 100 years old", said Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander of the local Salvation Army. "That's really the goal", Major Kris Wood with The Salvation Army said. "It's all donor based and so what we have to do is make more money so we can help more people". "But it is not too late to give and help your friends and neighbors right here in the Ozarks".
The kettles, clear plastic balls hanging from a tall, red lanyard, will be at various locations throughout the city, manned by volunteers, until 6 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 23). "This year, we chose the Salvation Army".
The dinner will be held at The Salvation Army, 736 W. Main Street, Lexington, KY.
The $85,000 deficit The Salvation Army faces will greatly impact the organizations' ability to serve the Greater Baton Rouge community. Hughes said statewide, 30 to 40 percent of kettle campaigns have been struggling with donations.
The Christmas Kettle Campaign is actually $9 million behind its national fundraising goal of $21 million.
"Some of our individual kettles have increased, from an individual kettle base from previous year", Hughes said.
While sifting through donations at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Atlanta, a Salvation Army employee found a pure gold Canadian Maple Leaf coin in one of the kettles.