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

It's one of the biggest donations in Twin Cities history.

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.

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