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Secret Santa gives gold coins to three Wichita charities

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.

The gold-coin Secret Santa visited Wichita again this week, handing over three gold coins.

His collaborator, Shelly Prichard from the Wichita Community Foundation, gave gold coins sent by him to three charities: the Lord’s Diner, the Center of Hope and the Guadalupe Clinic. The foundation said each coin is worth $1,400.

The Center of Hope works to prevent homelessness, the Lord’s Diner feeds the poor, and the clinic gives health care to the poor.

The anonymous Santa has been handing gold coins to Wichita charities at Christmastime year after year, and then began working with the Wichita Community Foundation, where Prichard is president and CEO.

In recent years, the charities have adopted a term and a practice from successful businesses, Prichard said. They’ve leveraged their coins by finding ways to increase their value.

“The clinic has calculated that they’ve earned an additional $85,000 from just that one coin,” Prichard said. “They auction it, and the buyer gives it back.”

The coin is always welcome at the Lord’s Diner, which has been a recipient several times, said Jan Haberly, the diner director. They also have resold the coin, she said.

Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @roywenzl.

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