Anonymous couple slips $500,000 check into Salvation Army kettle

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The largest check the Central Oklahoma area command of The Salvation Army has ever received was last year for $60,112 from Paycom, a payroll processing company based in Oklahoma City.

Now another branch in Rosemont, Minnesota is celebrating their own record - a $500,000 check from a couple who wishes to remain anonymous.

They slipped the check into a kettle at a grocery store there over the weekend.

Until then, the largest single gift the Twin Cities chapter had ever received was $25,000.

“We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift,” said Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities commander. “This is a true blessing and it could not come at a better time for The Salvation Army and the people we serve.”

The anonymous donors released a statement, stating that they were once poor and relied on food thrown out by a grocery store to feed themselves.

“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.

Now that they can afford to help others, they hope their act of kindness will encourage others to donate generously as well.

The couple also wanted to honor one of their fathers, a World War I veteran, who was always grateful to the Salvation Army Donut Lassies who brought soldiers free coffee and donuts.

The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that spends 82 cents of every dollar on programs like feeding and sheltering the homeless, providing Christmas presents and groceries to hundreds of thousands of families nationwide, senior centers, boys and girls clubs, and humanitarian relief efforts.

The Salvation Army hopes you'll consider making a donation to help others as well, as it takes billions of dollars to provide all of its services nationwide.

You can find the volunteer kettle collectors outside many stores statewide.

According to CharityWatch, you should only donate to organizations that allot at least 75 cents per dollar received to their programs.

Charity Watch grades different charities based on how much of their proceeds actually go to their programs.

Click here to see a graded list of the highest-rated charities.

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