A $5 gold coin, worth $565, was dropped in a kettle earlier this month at the Jewel-Osco in Fox River Grove. | Provided Photo

The Salvation Army announced they received a gold coin worth almost $600 after a mysterious donor dropped it in a kettle at a grocery store in McHenry County.

The Salvation Army of McHenry County said on Wednesday they received a $5 gold coin that is worth $565.

The coin was dropped into a kettle where Steve Thomas was ringing the bells outside the Jewel-Osco in Fox River Grove.

“Thank you to the mysterious donor,” the Salvation Army of McHenry County said.

On Saturday, firefighters throughout the county were manning Salvation Army kettles outside grocery stores as part of a competition to raise the most money.

Firefighters from Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Huntley, McHenry, Spring Grove and Woodstock were outside Jewel-Osco in their towns. Firefighters from Marengo were outside Sullivan’s Foods.

Results of the competition are expected to be announced next week. Huntley firefighters won the competition last year.

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The Salvation Army of McHenry County said on Saturday, their last kettle day of the season, they were only at 52% of their fundraising goal of $234,000.