Red Kettle Pass allows people who don’t carry around cash to donate

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‘St. Grand’ again peeling off C-notes for Salvation Army: total is $4,400 so far.

A check made out for $500,000 was dropped in a Salvation Army kettle over the weekend in Rosemount, a startling act of generosity that a couple said was their way of saying thank you.

The mysterious generosity that has fed Salvation Army red kettles in the form of new $100 bills has re-emerged this Christmas season in the Twin Cities. “St.As he left the free Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Salvation Army Burbank Corps on Wednesday evening, local resident Herminio Rivera thanked the volunteers as he passed. Rivera was one of more than 200 people who stopped by to enjoy some turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and — in a departure from traditional pumpkin pie — guava or cream-cheese pastries provided by Porto’s Bakery. A little perspective: Typically, a kettle takes in about $30 an hour, according to the charity. “Yes, we believe the check is definitely good,” Salvation Army spokeswoman Julie Borgen said Monday. “We have been in touch with the donors, but they want to remain anonymous.

These gestures, whether by one clandestine donor or more than one, mark the fifth consecutive year of the C-note contributions to the charity’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. “We are so excited that St. More than 45 volunteers, including groups from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School and Woodbury University’s Rotaract Club as well as Sunrise Rotary Club members, helped serve and clean up. He hopes shoppers are aware of the organization’s mission. “We help a lot of people,” he explained. “We feed them, we clothe them, we help with utilities, things like that.

The diners included “everyone from homeless to middle class,” said Jeremy Baker, while Brittany Baker said some guests were clients of the Burbank Corps or participants in various programs the local Salvation Army offers. “Many of them are very new to us,” Brittany Baker said, adding that they were being referred by the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the city’s parks and recreation staff. Jeff Strickler, the Salvation Army’s Twin Cities commander. “This person quietly makes the most generous donations, without any recognition, and we appreciate it so much.” In 2014, St.

Grand made a splash with a $10,000 donation in a kettle at a Lunds in Bloomington, and then followed up with seven $1,000 gifts throughout the season. Stacy said that the organization is working “to get the army back strong” and will undertake a long-delayed effort to spruce up its dining room and kitchen early next year, with the goal of offering it for rentals. And fewer volunteers means less money for Salvation Army programs for the poor. “We have some stores that are unmanned if we don’t have the volunteers,” Moore said. “I don’t know if it’s just early, or if they haven’t called yet.

Bloomington, Mn., Tues., Dec. 3, 2002–Salvation Army bell ringer Jimmy Briguglio (cq.) holds the door open for shoppers at the Mall of America West Market entrance as a donation is placed in the red kettle. This year, he was referred to the dinner, he said, by the circle of other homeless and struggling Burbank residents who gather near the Central Library.

He described the group as a kind of circle of philosophers who share tips on resources and jobs or socialize and tell life stories, and otherwise “watch out for one another.” It’s important for those who have come on hard times from illness, disability or other difficulty finding or keeping jobs to have people to relate to who are “on the same level,” he said. This may be his last year at the Thanksgiving dinner, though, as he plans to move to Washington state, where he thinks he may have more opportunities to find work making guitars, a hobby he’s enjoyed since he was 15 years old. The president of the Bellarmine-Jefferson Associated Student Body said he and other student body leaders volunteered to help with the dinner to set an example for others. The charity also serves 1,200 hot meals every day, shelters nearly 900 people each night and provides groceries for more than 100,000 people annually.

Orta, who was either zipping around the room delivering trays of food or joking with some of his classmates while filling the next tray, said he comes from a family that has had two Thanksgiving dinners — one for each side of his family — for as long as he can remember. Gus Quiroga and his wife weren’t volunteering as part of a club, but they came as a family with their son and daughter and their daughter’s friend.

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