MEBANE -- The gold coin -- and the telephone call -- came again this year for the Salvation Army in Alamance County.
Salvation Army officials say someone dropped a Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin in one of their kettles earlier this week, for the third straight Christmas season. The coin has a value of $1,600, officials say.
The donation is not unique.
Salvation Army officials in Cleveland County say someone has dropped a South African gold coin into a kettle for nearly 15 years. Often, the coin was placed in the kettle on Christmas Eve.
In the Alamance County episode this week, the coin was dropped into a kettle at a Lowes Food store in Mebane, between Greensboro and Durham.
And once again, Salvation Army officials say, a man called to make sure the coin had been received. The man has not given his name over the past three years.
In 2010 and 2011, the donation was a South African gold coin, also worth well more than $1,000.