The Salvation Army in Michigan City has cashed in on a gold bar found in one of its kettles.
Lt. Bill Brutto, administrator and pastor at the Michigan City Salvation Army, said the gold was discovered Friday night wrapped in a one dollar bill in a kettle at the Walgreens at U.S. 421 and U.S. 20.
"Really exciting. It was the first time I had ever found gold in a kettle," said Brutto, who came to Michigan City in July after being with the Salvation Army in Chicago the past 10 years.
The 1-ounce bar about the length of a needle and thin as a sheet of paper was sold to a private buyer for $1,300 or slightly above the market price for gold, which is now selling for just over $1,200 an ounce.
"It was very tiny," said Brutto.
Who dropped the gold into the kettle was not known.