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Gold bar left in Salvation Army kettle in Michigan City, Ind.

Updated: December 25, 2013 10:43AM

Someone left a 1-ounce gold bar worth an estimated $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle outside a store in Michigan City, Ind.

Corinne Charleston, a Salvation Army ringer, says she was thrilled when she found a $50 bill in her kettle over the weekend.

And then Charleston got an even bigger thrill when she saw the gold bar wrapped inside a $1 bill.

It happened in South Dakota, too, where two gold bars valued at more than $1,200 each were dropped in kettles in Sioux Falls, one o them in a note that said “Bell Ringers are Special People.”

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