Some generous soul in the Twin Cities’ area donated a $200,000 check to the local Salvation Army, giving a major boost to their annual Christmas campaign.
To put that in perspective, the charity’s efforts this year have been about 10 percent lower than last year’s campaign. This donation, however, sees that gap close to around only 7 percent.
The Salvation Army Gets a More than Expected Donation
The mystery donor first called the organization’s local headquarters in Roseville. He told them that he intended to make the drop, letting them know that the check was legitimate. The man said that he did this to inspire others to give, but that he himself wanted to remain anonymous. This is according to Julie Borgen, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army.
Sure enough, the check appeared later that day in one of the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles outside of a Cub Foods grocery store. It has since been successfully cashed without any issues.
“We were stunned and thrilled to have received such a large donation,” said Northern Division leader Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson. “This gift comes at a critical time for the Salvation Army.”
Indeed, not only have donations already been behind for the organization, but many are worried that the scheduled snowstorm will mar the end of their campaign, keeping them from any last-minute recoveries.
Similar acts of charity have occurred in recent years. For example, 2015 saw a $500,000 check being dropped in a kettle in Rosemount on County Road 42, also outside of a Cub Foods store. As in this case, the couple who provided that gift wished to remain anonymous.
The $500,000 check is currently the largest donation received by the charity in one go. This latest donation, the $200,000 one, is also among the highest sums received in one.
The Twin Cities have also received numerous donations in the form of wads of cash, including a few up to $1,300. Salvation Army members do not know the person or persons providing them, but refer to them by the nickname of “St. Grand.”
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