Anonymous Donors Place Generous Check In The Salvation Army's Red Kettle

On Saturday, at a Cub Foods outlet in the Twin Cities suburb of Rosemount, a Minnesota couple stunned the local chapter of the Salvation Army by slipping a $500,000 check into one of their famous red kettles.

The local firefighters handling the donations weren't aware of the amount, but the couple let the Salvation Army's major gifts manager know, and he picked up the kettle.

Maj. Jeff Strickler, the Salvation Army's commander in the Twin Cities said, "We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift. This is a true blessing, and it could not come at a better time for the Salvation Army and the people we serve."

In a statement released through the charity, the couple said they hoped their donation would encourage others to give generously. They also noted that they were inspired by memories of their own money troubles and by one of their fathers, whom they said served in World War I and had fond memories of the Salvation Army's "donut girls."

The donors, who wished to remain anonymous, said, "You get to a point in life where it's time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of." They had made large donations in the past, but this was the largest.

The Twin Cities Salvation Army chapter hoped to raise $11.6 million during its Christmas campaign. The couple's donation had helped boost the take so far to $2.2 million.

Photo: Valley News Live

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