Gold teeth left in Salvation Army kettle

ORLANDO, Florida (WESH) – For more than 100 years, the Salvation Army Kettle Program has provided help for people in need.

Lately, they’ve been seeing donations a little different than the standard dollars and change.

Silver bars and gold coins, like Krugerrands worth over $1,200, have been donated.

And perhaps for the first time ever in Orlando, gold caps from someone’s teeth were dropped in.

“I have to say this is the first for the gold crowns, and it’s like I told somebody, this is someone truly giving of themselves,” said Maj. Tim Williford.

Williford points out dentistry used to include a lot metals, but the trend is going to other materials.

He’s glad the caps made their way to his organization. They’ll be melted down and could have decent value.

“Whoever gets that shiny gold coin will never know it used to be in somebody’s mouth,” he said.

When it comes to helping others, all donations are appreciated, Williford said.

“We really depend on the money we raise at Christmas to get us through our year,” he said.

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