Skip to main content

A big drop in the bucket for Salvation Army

  • Author:
  • Updated:

KSTP reports the Salvation Army is celebrating some welcome news. So-called "St. Grand" made a much-needed appearance at the Roseville Byerly's Friday, stuffing 10 $100 bills in a red kettle there.

The anonymous samaritan or samaritans made 22 similar donations in 2011 and 2012, but this was his or her first this year.

"It really doesn't matter if this is one person or multiple people," said Major Jeff Stricker, Twin Cities Salvation Army Commander. "It has become legendary for us -- an example of selfless giving without recognition."

The Salvation Army needed some good news this year.

KARE 11 reported that donations plunged 25 percent after getting off to a good start.

As of Wednesday the red kettles had collected nearly $700,000 since this year's November 9 debut, but The Salvation Army had hoped to have already broken the $1 million mark.

"We are now $227,000 below where we were last year at this time," said Salvation Army Major Jeff Strickler.

Reports from around the country echo the local drop in donations, and say Black Friday did not do much to help. That's because it was more of a Gray Friday, with shoppers coming through in waves instead of the usual surge.

The Salvation Army is also in the news because of protests Friday at its downtown Minneapolis thrift store. The Star Tribune reports protesters say rigid new leadership of its rehabilitation center has caused dozens of men and several employees to leave the program.

In July, shortly after Capt. Dennis Earnhardt’s arrival, the state Department of Human Rights filed a discrimination complaint on behalf of “numerous former employees” of the Adult Rehabilitation Center who had been fired for wearing dreadlocks, cornrows and other African-American hairstyles.

The Salvation Army has also been mired in controversy over its stance on homosexuality, according to the Huffington Post. Critics say it believes gay and lesbian people can be rehabilitated through personal ministry.

The Salvation Army says 20 percent of its clients are members of the LGBT community and, while it believes in scriptural codes of morality, it does not discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Next Up

Marcus Foligno

Foligno's OT winner gives Wild fans a happy Hockey Day

A slow start gave way to the Wild's fifth win in the past six games.


Winter weather advisory issued as Saturday snow arrives

Not huge totals expected, but any snow will likely impact travel.


Report: Ryan Poles is Vikings' 'top choice' for general manager

Poles was one of two finalists revealed on Friday.

Payton Willis

Willis carries shorthanded Gophers to beat Rutgers

The senior scored a career-high 32 points to end a four-game losing streak.


Charges: St. Paul man had sexual contact 'multiple times' with 12-year-old girl

Marcus Steichen, 21, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Charges: Mom killed infant son just weeks after getting him back from foster care

The 10-month-old died in her care in Brooklyn Park last April.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Arrests made following fentanyl bust in St. Cloud

Authorities searched two St. Cloud apartments Friday morning.

potatoes 2

Minnesota's 'frozen potato freeway' closure attracts plenty of comment

It was, let's face it, a very Minnesotan reason for a freeway closure.

Screen Shot 2022-01-21 at 9.07.54 AM

U of M fraternity raises money for chef's knee surgery

The GoFundMe has raised around $1,700 of its $5,000 goal.

unsplash restaurant cashier register COVID face mask - crop

7 restaurant, bar groups sue Minneapolis over dining vaccine mandate

"Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns..." the lawsuit said.

Screen Shot 2022-01-22 at 7.47.53 AM

Woman fatally shot in St. Paul's North End neighborhood

It's the fourth homicide so far this year in St. Paul.


Wild flip the script, dominate Blackhawks

Ryan Hartman scored twice to earn the first game of a back-to-back.