Volunteers with The Salvation Army found quite a surprise Saturday in southeast Portland: solid gold in a kettle.
The 1-ounce bar, which is a little bit bigger than a domino, was discovered in the red kettle at the Fred Meyer at 3805 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.
While The Salvation Army has received gold coins and jewelry in years past as kettle donations, the group said a gold bar "is a little different."
"At first I thought it was a keychain; since we get a lot of people who accidentally put their keys in the kettle along with their lose change," said Marcos Marquez, the man who discovered the gold bar. "But when I looked closer and realized that it didn't have a key attached, I was shocked to see that it was a small bar of gold!"
The Salvation Army said gold bar is worth more than $1,250 according to Ampex.com.
The group said it will have the gold appraised and appreciates all donations that come its way.
Earlier this month, someone donated $10,000 in cash in a kettle in northeast Portland.
This is the last week The Salvation Army is collecting donations in its kettles and has a goal of raising $750,000.