First Mimi coin of the season found in Lee County kettle
Rare coin in Salvation Army kettle is now a 12-year tradition
For the 12th year in a row, The Salvation Army has found what’s become affectionately known as a Mimi coin in its Lee County kettles. This year, a 1904 liberty head gold coin was found in one of The Salvation Army’s signature red kettles, with the traditional note that reads, “In loving memory of Mimi.”
“It’s exciting for The Salvation Army to be the recipient of this gift for the 12th consecutive year,” said Major Tim Gilliam, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. “We may never know who Mimi or the donor are, but I thank God for them both! The donation of this coin will go a long way in helping the less fortunate in our community.”
The identities of the donor and their beloved Mimi continue to be a well-kept secret as Salvation Army staff look forward to finding the famed coin in the kettles each year. Just 19 days from Christmas, the coin was donated on December 6 at a Publix in East Fort Myers and discovered in the last kettle counted for the day.
The Salvation Army will have the coin professionally appraised for its market value, though online collectors are selling similar coins for up to $1600.
The income from the sale of this coin will help boost kettle totals for this season. As of December 5, this year’s Red Kettle Campaign is at 45% of its $500,000 goal. The campaign will run through Christmas eve.
As need continues to grow, The Salvation Army looks to volunteers to man its kettles and donors to give more than ever. Funds given at the kettle stay in the local community to feed the hungry, house the homeless and help families in crisis throughout the year.
Photos of the coin can be found here. (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/agal4qp8sphtrn1/AADNzfw97wAvxOcY-XxzvTnna?dl=0)