Big roll of green found in red kettle

December 12, 2012 by  

The largest donation ever made in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in St. Cloud happened on December 3.

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army in St. Cloud said that an impressive roll of 11 $100 bills was discovered by a volunteer who was manning a kettle at Mills Fleet Farm.

Major Lee Morrison reported that someone anonymously and very unobtrusively slipped the bundle into the pot. He said:

“There were 11 of them all bundled together so we know one person put them in.”

There have been reports from across the state of Minnesota of thousand dollar bills turning up in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles, but Morrison said that he is certain that a donation of this size has never before been made in the St. Cloud area.

The St. Cloud corps of the Salvation Army has set a target of $220,000 this holiday season which it plans to reach by December 24. As of the start of last week, Morrison believed it was behind schedule by about $14,000.

Print companies typically help these types of campaigns by printing out ‘thank you’ cards and small calendars that kettle ringers give out to people who place donations in the pots, sometimes with a miniature candy cane as a token of esteem. Banner printing is also done so that signage can be placed by the kettle ringers explaining the fundraising goal for the year and the needs in the community.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has been operating in the United States since 1891. Captain Joseph McFee modeled the campaign after witnessing a charitable initiative in England. Vowing to feed the poor in St. Francisco that Christmas of 1891, McFee put out a crab pot to collect coins and encouraged passers-by to “keep the pot boiling” with donations.