Each year right after Thanksgiving, a familiar sound is heard around Texas and the rest of the country -- the sound of the Salvation Army bell ringers.
You can't miss the volunteers "parked" out in front of your favorite store, standing next to the famous red kettle wishing you a "Merry Christmas."
They don't ask for much, just your leftover change from your shopping trip. Well in Houston, someone is leaving a lot more -- real gold coins.
No one knows who donated the coins but, according to the Salvation Army, each coin was wrapped inside a $1 bill with an note that read, "A child is born, Jesus!"
The 1-ounce Krugerrand gold coin is valued at about $1,800 and is the second one to be dropped into a kettle this season in the Houston area. A similar gold coin was also found in a kettle in Florida.
So far, no gold coins have appeared in Dallas kettles.
Now like most of us, you don't have a gold coin to donate. but you can always head to the Angel Tree here in North Texas and adopt an angel. It will cost you a lot less than a gold coin.