The Salvation Army of Alaska now has a few extra dollars to help brighten the holidays of families in need thanks to the donation of a 1978 South African gold Krugerrand coin.

The coin was donated during the organization's annual Red Kettle campaign on Friday night at the Wasilla Three Bears store. It's worth more than $1,200.

The gift surprised many people at the Salvation Army, but they're grateful for it.

"This really helps us out in light of the earthquake, and all that we are doing in light of disaster," Salvation Army Alaska division commander Major John Brackenbury said. "This goes a long way to continue to reach out and to minister to people, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the rest of the year."

This is the second time the organization has received a Krugerrand. The first donation was made around seven years ago in Anchorage.

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