This silver brick was donated to the Newport Salvation Army during its Christmas red kettle program. Salvation Army Major Raymond Erickson-King estimated its value to be more than $2,000.

NEWPORT — A dramatic uptick in donations, including an unusual gift of a silver brick, have pushed the Salvation Army in Newport near its holiday campaign goal.

Fundraising efforts this year from the annual red kettle program were struggling with less than half the $40,000 goal met just one week before Christmas. But donations picked up during the last week, raising the total to $36,000, and because a donor entered the Newport Salvation Army and gifted a silver brick, that total will come to about $38,000.

“We are still figuring out how to liquidate the silver, but it is estimated that it is worth over $2,000,” Salvation Army Major Raymond Erickson-King said. “It was a very surprising gift that came in.”

Every year, the Salvation Army receives a few rare and valuable coins in the kettles during their holiday collection push — welcome and exciting donations that often help them meet their goal. Most of those donors are never identified. The donor of the silver brick, a local man who wished to remain anonymous, said he had the silver bar for several years and wanted it to be used to help area people in need. 

“Our work is dependent upon generous public support without which our services would not be possible,” Erickson-King said. “Many of our neighbors here in Lincoln County are struggling to meet basic survival needs for themselves and their families. The Salvation Army considers it a privilege to bring a measure of help and hope to those in genuine need throughout the year.”

All money raised from the red kettle campaign stays in Lincoln County to assist people with food, utilities, clothing and other essentials. There are six counter red kettles still out in Newport at JC Market Thriftway and The Chalet Restaurant and Bakery, but anyone can make donations directly online at

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