by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Causes, People.
Photo: Flickr/zieak

The Salvation Army has a lot to be thankful for this year, especially when it comes to a bighearted “secret” Santa who placed $50,000 in one of their red kettles in Joplin, Mo., ABC News Reported.

Five anonymous checks, each made out for $10,000 and signed by “Santa” were donated and cleverly wrapped in dollar bills, so he/she would not be discovered when donating the money.

“I almost dropped to my knees. Because that’s lot amount of money. And I was just too grateful that Secret Santa came through once again,” Lt. James Curry of The Salvation Army said.

This isn’t the first time the mystery person has contributed to The Salvation Army. Over the past eight years, the secret donor has dropped $500,000 in Salvation Army kettles. Still no one seems to know who it is.

Who would have thought that such a small bucket could do so much good? Those red kettles represent more than just a money holder, but are a huge benefactor when it comes to The Salvation Army.

This year will be the 120th annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser that helps raise money for nearly 30 million Americans in need each year. Well, in order to reach out to the next generation and educate them about the importance of giving, the Army is putting on the second annual “Rock the Red Kettle” concert.

Stars like Honor Society, Colbie Caillat, Cody Simpson, Greyson Chance, Drake Bell and Hanson will be jingling more than bells and money, but providing their musical expertise for the concert on Dec. 17 at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. Mario Lopez will host the free event. If you can’t make the concert, or don’t live in California, you can see it live online and donate while watching!

The iconic red kettle reaches out to more than we know.

Since 1891, this has been an ongoing tradition thanks to Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee. He wanted to help feed the poor during the holidays, so he used a pot to collect money with a sign reading “Keep the Pot Boiling.” Well, the pot continues to boil, that’s for sure.

More than 4.5 million people are provided with food, toys and Christmas food baskets during the holidays, because of The Salvation Army.

If you want to get involved, you don’t have to stand next to a red kettle and ring a bell to contribute, but can help with your own personal red kettle and collect donations online. Click here to find out more.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Fntmstranger

    I have spent the last 11 years working alongside the Salvation Army, and I can tell you first hand there are dozens of better options to give your money to; organizations who respect the dignity of any person who needs them. I was shocked more than a few times by the Salvation Army’s casual disregard for people who who don’t conform for their rigid christian doctrine.

  • Kelli Nobody

    I wish “Santa” would donate to a group that wasn’t so bigoted….

  • MrsB

    Wow an incredibly generous thing to do! I might not agree with all of the SA’s policies, but the person that makes this donation clearly does it out of a generous heart. May he be blessed all the rest of his or her days!