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'Saint Grand' is back, but there's still a shortage of green in the red kettles

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An anonymous Twin Cities donor has returned for a fifth year, dropping more than $1,000 two red kettles.

The Salvation Army calls the person "Saint Grand," and on Friday they dropped $1,100 in crisp $100 bills into two separate kettles in Roseville, the organization said in a news release.

That's $100 more than similar gifts Saint Grand has made in previous years, the release notes.

“We are so excited that Saint Grand is back and blessing us again with these donations this year,” Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Commander, said in the release. “This person quietly makes the most generous donations, without any recognition and we appreciate it so much.”

The Salvation Army attributes about $60,000 in donations to Saint Grand over the years, the Pioneer Press says. In 2014, Saint Grand dropped $10,000 in a single kettle, while also donating $1,000 at various kettles across the metro.

The Salvation Army has a goal of raising $11.6 million by Christmas. So far, it has raised about $1.6 million – that's less than the $2.1 million they raised by this time last year, a news release says. So the organization is hoping more people will sign up to be bell ringers this year to help them reach their goal.

“With 575 kettles throughout the metro area and shifts available six days a week, there’s bound to be a location convenient to nearly everyone,” Strickler said in the news release.

Click here for information on how to sign up to volunteer, or here for more on how to donate.

The Twin Cities Salvation Army provides toys for children in the metro area. It also serves hot meals and shelters hundreds of people every night, among other services. For more information on the organization, click here.

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