For much of the year we hear only the bad news. This time of year, it's good to hear about some of the good things people do.

In Michigan City, Indiana, some anonymous donor dropped a gold bar in a Salvation Army kettle over the holidays.

Salvation Army Sergeant Major Corinne Charleston was counting up the donations collected in the charity's sidewalk kettles from the weekend when the discovery was made.

And Salvation Army Lt. Taylor Brutto says, "I've never seen anything like it before." Brutto says that the bar was wrapped in a dollar bill then placed in the kettle.

The bar is worth about $1,200, the going rate for an ounce of gold.

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