An anonymous donor made a contribution to the Wichita Community Foundation so that it could provide gold coins to worthy charities.
Now, the two charities who each received a gold coin Monday — the Lord's Diner and Guadalupe Clinic — can sell the gold to help more people.
The donor's anonymity creates a mystery.
"I love mysteries. I call them miracles," Sister Kathleen Regan said Monday as she received one of the 1-ounce Liberty gold coins, valued at $1,400 to $1,500.
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Regan accepted one of the coins on behalf of Guadalupe Clinic, 940 S. St. Francis. The clinic provides primary medical care to thousands of people a year who don't have medical insurance.
"Think of how many people we're going to help" with the coin, said Regan, the clinic's director of stewardship and development.
Earlier Monday, Wichita Community Foundation president and CEO Rob Allison presented the other gold coin to the Lord's Diner, at Broadway and Central. The diner feeds dinner every day of the year; the current average is 500 people a night.
The Wichita Community Foundation is a 25-year-old nonprofit charity that connects donors with causes and promotes charitable giving. The foundation chose this year's gold-coin recipients because of their high level of service to the needy, Allison said.
Guadalupe Clinic, relying heavily on volunteer doctors and nurses, treats its patients with compassion, and The Lord's Diner is "a daily miracle in progress," using volunteers to feed the hungry and do it respectfully, Allison said.
It is the fourth time the diner has received a gold coin from the foundation, said the diner's executive director, Wendy Glick.
If this year's coin sold at the current value, it would feed "the whole house for one night," Glick said.
The diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, does its own fundraising. "So gifts like this are critical to our future," she said.
The diner has been serving meals for almost nine years.
More and more, she said, the diner is serving entire families, sometimes eight or nine people per family, including grandparents and children.
Guadalupe Clinic has been operating for 25 years in a former Catholic school building with the same name. As with the diner, the clinic is part of the Diocese of Wichita.
Last year, the clinic recorded 11,255 visits by patients, said executive director Marlene Dreiling. Ninety-five percent of the patients are 19 to 64 years old. Most of them are ages 40 to 64, and many have been laid off in the last two years, Dreiling said. They include all ethnic groups and races.