Skip to main content

Anonymous donor drops $200K check into Twin Cities Salvation Army red kettle

It's one of the biggest donations in Twin Cities history.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

What happened?

Someone put a check for $200,000 into a Salvation Army red kettle in the south Twin Cities metro on Saturday.

$200,000? Who from?!

Nu-uh, the Twin Cities Salvation Army says the anti-Scrooge donor wanted to remain anonymous.

So the Salvation Army must be pleased?

That's an understatement.

Lt. Co. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division, described the gift as coming at a "critical time" for the charity.

There are just six days left in kettle season, with the Salvation Army saying its Twin Cities division is 10 percent behind last year's numbers – with a winter storm due on Thursday posing yet another challenge.

It has a fundraising goal of $11.7 million by the end of the year, which it uses to provide crisis services and programs to those in need throughout the metro.

Has this happened before?

Funnily enough, the Twin Cities seems to be the hotbed of generous, anonymous donations to the Salvation Army at Christmas time.

Search for similar instances on Google and there are plenty of four or five figure checks donated at various locations around the country.

But the Twin Cities is the only place to have another recent example of a six-figure donation. In 2015, a couple put a check for a whopping $500,000 into a red kettle in Rosemount.

They, again, wanted to remain anonymous, but said the Salvation Army had helped them in the past and wanted to pay them back in kind.

This was the largest single donation to the charity ever in the metro area.

Next Up

Eric Reinbold

Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'

Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.

police tape

Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park

The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 9.06.25 AM

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.


Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert in Wisconsin: Search for missing 15-year-old girl

Police believe 15-year-old Kryssy King may be with a 22-year-old man.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.


State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.


salvation army red kettle

Salvation Army says donations way down as Red Kettle drive struggles

The nonprofit's Red Kettle fundraiser struggled as more shoppers have decided to shop online.