Salvation Army's secret Santa strikes again with gold coin worth an estimated $1,200

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – The Salvation Army’s secret Santa has struck again.

For four years, an anonymous donor has dropped a 1980 South African gold Krugerrand into The Salvation Army’s red kettle at the Kroger on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Marter Road in St. Clair Shores.

The gold coin has an estimated value of $1,200.

According to The Salvation Army, the anonymous donation comes as the nonprofit’s iconic red kettles are reported to be off pace to reach its 2016 campaign goal. Currently, The Salvation Army has raised $2.1 million of its $8.4 million goal.

Red kettle donations fund Salvation Army programs and services.

Supporters can make a tax-deductible donation at their website, or call 877-SAL-MICH.