The $500,000 check is the largest single donation that the local Salvation Army has collected in its kettles. The previous Twin Cities area record was a $25,000 gift.
The donating couple “made the gift in hopes of encouraging others to give as generously as they can, too,” according to a Salvation Army news release.
“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 in the charity’s release.
The pair didn’t always have money to give, according to the release.
They said they would “often rely [on] discarded food from the local grocery store” during their younger years.
And there was this, from the release:
Also, they wanted to honor one of their fathers, who served in the trenches in World War I, and was always grateful to the Salvation Army Donut Lassies who brought soldiers free coffee and donuts. That simple act of kindness and comfort made a lasting impression and created a family legacy of supporting The Salvation Army.
“We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift,” said Maj. Jeff Strickler, the Salvation Army’s commander for the Twin Cities. “This is a true blessing and it could not come at a better time for The Salvation Army and the people we serve.”