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A Minnesota couple — who at one time lived on discarded food — quietly put a personal check for $500,000 into a Salvation Army kettle located outside a grocery store in a Twin Cities suburb over the weekend.
The emblematic red kettle, which the humanitarian organization have set up in public places to solicit donations across the globe for decades, was placed outside a Cub Foods in Rosemount, Minn. — a town about twenty miles outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
At the time, the kettle was being manned by volunteers from the Rosemount Fire Department. When the couple dropped in their check, the firefighters were unaware that the donation had been made and only hours later realized the bounty they had stumbled across, Salvation Army Northern Division spokeswoman Julie Borgen told NBC News.
When the Salvation Army reached out to the couple whose name was on the check, they insisted on remaining behind the scenes, Borgen said. They said the donation was a way for them to give back and added that they wanted to honor one of their fathers who served in World War I and was always grateful to Salvation Army "Doughnut Lassies" who brought soldiers free coffee and treats.
The donors told the Salvation Army they had relied on discarded food from a local grocery store as a young couple and can now afford to help others.
"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 in a statement from the Salvation Army.
I assume that they wrote out a check so they could have a record and to prevent anyone from pocketing any of it until it got to where it was supposed to go.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Kangaruex4Ewe
So lemme get this straight… they wished to remain anonymous but wrote their name on the check.
I know, how dare me question such charity.