WATERLOO, Iowa --- The Waterloo Salvation Army has received two gold coins deposited on consecutive days in the organzation's holiday collection kettles

On Monday the Salvation Army received a Lady Liberty double eagle $50 gold coin at the Hy-Vee on Ansborough Avenue. A second, identical coin was deposited in another collection kettle Tuesday at Gordman's at Crossroads Center.

"We feel doubly blessed," said Sue Hennings, development director of the Waterloo Salvation Army.

The coins will be auctioned off. Interested parties may call (319) 235-9358.

The local kettle drive is at 64 percent of its $709,000 goal, with 11 days left in the campaign.

Similar reports of rare or precious coins dropped in Salvation Army kettles have been received in various locations all over the country for several years.

"I think people know it's just a fun thing to do," Hennings said.

The Waterloo Salvation Army also will host a free Christmas dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day at its headquarters at 89 Franklin St.

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