Matt Lerner of Frederick Coin Exchange, Plays Secret Santa With Gold Coin In Salvation Army Kettle in Germantown, Md.

December 12, 2012 in Coins, Donations, Gold, Gold Coins, USA Coins

From: http:// Dec 10, 2012

The Salvation Army Logo

The Salvation Army Logo

GERMANTOWN,  Md. (WUSA) – By now, you know the familiar ring, and the bright red kettle. It’s the time of year for Salvation Army bell-ringers to raise cash. But, apparently, one donated coin proved to be way more valuable than most, all thanks to a not-so-secret Santa.

It was Thursday evening, and Major Curt Sayre of the Montgomery County Salvation Army was back at headquarters, counting the donations from his kettle, along with several other bell-ringers. That’s when he found something he’d never seen donated before in his 22 years there: a gold coin with a note.'”We saw that note that said exchange it for a $1000 check, the whole atmosphere of the room changed, we were all grinning from ear to ear, it was just such a blessing,” he said.

Sayre followed the note’s instructions, and it brought him to 26-year-old Matt Lerner’s business, Frederick Coin Exchange. There, he exchanged the coin for the check. He says words can’t express how much Lerner’s generosity means. In a little more than a week, he’ll see that money go directly into the hands of those who need it. He said, “The most heartwarming thing about the job is when the parents come and pick up the toys – and I’m going to start to cry – and they’re just overcome.”

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