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The Salvation Army’s red kettles are out and about, collecting donations for the holiday season. Recently, an anonymous donor called the charitable organization to give notice that he would be making a sizeable donation. On Saturday, the donor came through on his word.
The Salvation Army Gets a More than Expected Donation
When speaking with media sources, Julie Borgen, a Salvation Army representative, said the gentleman called to say a generous donation would soon be made. He pointed out that the representatives should be on the lookout for it.
Someone dropped a $200,000 check dated December 14 into a kettle on Saturday. This happened outside a south metro Cub Foods store. Saturday’s donation is the Twin Cities’ second-largest donation ever received in a red kettle.
Back in 2015, an anonymous couple deposited a check for $500,000 into a red kettle outside the Cub Foods store in Rosemount. Before that, $25,000 was the largest donation ever left in a Twin Cities red kettle.
Donations to the Protestant Christian organization have fallen by 10 percent compared to last year, according to reports. The mystery man possibly hoped his contribution would inspire others to give as well.
His donation follows several from an anonymous donor from Saint Grand who has nearly totaled $10,000 this year. This sum was split among seven $1,300 contributions.
Also, despite the 10 percent decline in donations this year, the Twin Cities Salvation Army was only $100,000 short of its $11.6 million goal from last year. This year, the nonprofit’s target is to raise $11.7 million. The metropolitan area has a $2.6 million goal for its red kettles.
In December 1891, Capt. Joseph McFee of San Francisco wanted to provide Christmas dinner to individuals that might not have been able to pay for their own meal. He sat a brass urn on the Oakland Ferry landing and collected money to feed 1,000 people. Over time, the brass urn evolved to become known as today’s famous red kettle.
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