Salvation Army Sergeant Major Corinne Charleston was counting up the donations collected in the charity's sidewalk kettles in Michigan City, Indiana, last weekend when she discovered one very generous donor had donated a small gold bar.

The bar is valued at approximately $1,200, which is the going rate for one ounce of gold.

Salvation Army Lt. Taylor Brutto tells The News Dispatch, "I've never seen anything like it before."  Brutto thinks the donor wrapped the small gold bar inside a dollar bill before dropping it into the kettle.

The gold bar will be sold with the proceeds going to finance the distribution of food baskets and holiday gifts to local families in need.