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The store has closed but the Christmas Kettle in front of it showed at least one customer was golden

COURTESY OF THE SALVATION ARMY - These two solid gold bars, placed in red kettles at the Foster Road Fred Meyer store, will be used to help people right here in the community, say Salvation Army officials. During the final week of The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign, an anonymous donor stopped at the soon-to-close Foster Road Fred Meyer store on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, and dropped two one-ounce solid gold bars into Red Kettles there.

One gold bar was found in the kettle by near the grocery door on the north side of the store, the other at the main door kettle on the south side of the building.

"Each bar is valued at approximately $1,300, making this a most generous gift!" exclaimed Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Captain Angel Marquez, adding, "This is all very exciting, and it's completely unexpected; it's amazing to think that two objects so small could bring so much help into the community."

As with other valuables deposited in their kettles, the nonprofit organization will have it professionally appraised, and then will determine how to best use the golden gift to provide the most help here in our community, Marquez said. Meantime, the Foster Road Fred Meyer store is now history. The nearest Freddie's now is at Johnson Creek Boulevard and S.E. 82nd, in Clackamas County.

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