The Salvation Army of Lawrence often finds unusual things like buttons and arcade tokens in its red kettles.
But four-leaf clovers?
“On Tuesday evening, when we brought our kettles in, we opened them up and discovered … an envelope,” Capt. Wesley Dalberg said. “And, on the outside of the envelope, it said, ‘Sell on eBay.’ We opened up the envelope, and inside were these laminated four-leaf clovers.”
The Salvation Army collected 12 four-leaf clovers that day — one from each kettle location in Lawrence.
Dalberg also discovered that the Salvation Army of Topeka found another dozen four-leaf clovers in its kettles.
Dalberg said the captain in Topeka looked up the going price of four-leaf clovers on eBay: $21 each.
The Salvation Army of Lawrence, however, doesn’t intend to sell them online, but hopes people in the community will purchase them instead.
“We’re hoping that this indeed will be one of those things that (the donor) intended for them to generate some income for the Salvation Army and to wish us well in our kettle campaign,” Dalberg said.
The Salvation Army of Douglas County hopes to raise $108,000 through its Red Kettle Campaign this year.