A Salvation Army bell ringer outside a Twin Cities store received a hefty donation from an anonymous man. The donor, who put a $200,000 check into the red kettle, wished not to be identified in the press.
A spokesperson for the faith-based charity thanked the donor for the generous contribution since donations this year were 10 percent lower than last year’s levels at the moment he donated. Now, they’re 7 percent lower.
We were stunned and thrilled to have received such a large donation,
the head of Salvation Army’s Northern Division Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson told reporters.
The retired colonel underlined that the donation came at a critical time for the group.
The charity said that before making the donation, the donor had contacted its headquarters in Roseville to announce that he would slip a hefty sum into a red kettle and that the donation was not a prank.
Other Generous Donations
The donor reportedly wants other people to feel inspired and donate more to the charity. He also wants to remain anonymous, so the charity has refused to disclose where exactly he made the donation.
The donation comes at the right time since the Salvation Army is concerned that extreme winter may affect donations this season. However, this is not the only sizable contribution in the charity’s history.
Two years ago, another anonymous donor put a $500,000 check in one of the nonprofit’s kettles located outside a Cub Foods in Rosemount, Minn. Over the years, numerous other donors slipped $1,000 checks or more into the traditional red kettles.
The Salvation Army thinks that those $1,000 checks were the work of a single donor which the group nicknamed ‘St. Grand,’ but there may be more than one donor involved.
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