A (Very) Big Give

This past Saturday was quite a day for the Salvation Army, and for one bell-ringer in particular. A Minnesota couple casually dropped a check for $500,000 into the red kettle at the Cub Foods in Rosemont and then went on their way. By far, it was the largest single donation ever made through the program. “We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift,” said Major Jeff Strickler, the commander of the Twin Cities Salvation Army.

The couple, who asked the organization to not disclose their identities, wanted to honor one of their fathers who served in World War I and was always grateful to the Salvation Army ‘Donut Lassies’ who brought the soldiers coffee and doughnuts.

They also hoped the gift would encourage others to give this holiday season. They recalled a time when as a young couple they had little money and often relied on discarded food from a grocery store. “You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” they explained.