12/11/2012 04:04 pm ET

Salvation Army Receives Gold Coin Worth $1,700 Donated In Memory Of Loved One

For the eighth year in a row, an anonymous donor has dropped a gold coin, along with the same moving message, into a Salvation Army red kettle.

What a bell-ringer in Lehigh Acres, Fla., thought was a check, was actually a note that reads: "In loving memory of Mimi,” NBC 2 reports. It was wrapped around a 1907 gold coin that’s valued at $1,700.

"We would love to know who it is," the Salvation Army's Sarah Clark told NBC 2 of the donor. "If the person would ever want to contact us and sit down, I'm sure we'd love to hear stories about Mimi. We all feel like we know her."

While this mystery do-gooder is one of the most consistent, he or she isn’t the only one out there giving old, rare coins to the charity.

When George Shull was manning his Salvation Army kettle in Mishawaka, Ind., in November, a passerby dropped in a $20 gold piece from 1904, ABC 57 reported. The coin, worth $1,800, came with a quote from William Booth, the charity's founder.

It read: "Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended on prayer."



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