ROSEVILLE, MN- The Salvation Army is celebrating the largest, single donation ever made to a red kettle in the Twin Cities. The donors, a Minnesota couple who wish to remain anonymous, dropped a $500,000 check into a kettle at The Cub Foods in Rosemount on Sat. Nov. 28.
To put it in perspective, the largest single gift in the Twin Cities prior to this one was $25,000, making this gift 20 times larger.
“We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a large gift,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities commander. “This is a true blessing and it could not come at a better time for The Salvation Army and the people we serve.”
The anonymous donors say they made the gift in hopes of encouraging others to give as generously as they can, too.
Also, they wanted to honor one of their fathers, who served in the trenches in World War I, and was always grateful to the Salvation Army Donut Lassies who brought soldiers free coffee and donuts. That simple act of kindness and comfort made a lasting impression and created a family legacy of supporting The Salvation Army.
Plus, when they were a young couple, the donors say money was so tight, they would often rely on discarded food from the local grocery store. Today, they can afford to help others in need.
“You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” the donors said.
The $500,000 donation comes at the perfect time for The Twin Cities Salvation Army. They have set an ambitious, but achievable goal of raising $11.6 million during the Christmas campaign.
“We invite everyone to please give what they can,” said Strickler. “Every dollar counts, and we only have a month left to meet our goal.”
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annually it serves 992,000 hot meals and provides 450,000 nights of shelter. More than 80,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or make an online donation.