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Surprise Donation in Owatonna Red Kettles

Posted at: 12/04/2012 9:51 PM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 10:25 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- As you head out to do your holiday shopping, you've probably come across those familiar Red Kettles. Well in Owatonna, an anonymous person is putting in some extremely generous donations.

"This is my first year bell ringing," said volunteer Katie Nosbush. She and her buddy Courtney were toughing it out in the cold, all to raise money for the Salvation Army for the holidays. They've seen plenty of people stop by to empty their pockets, "A lot of change," said Nosbush.

"Every dime, any money, every nickel helps," said Kimberly Zimmerman with the Salvation Army in Owatonna.

Typically they find a couple coins, some dollar bills, not this... "Saturday night we found a note that said, ‘Jesus loves you, from one of his helpers,’ and inside the note was a dollar bill wrapped up in a one hundred dollar bill," said Zimmerman.

"100 is definitely pretty awesome," said Nosbush.

They found that note in their Walgreens Red Kettle in Owatonna, but when they went to the bank to cash in other kettles, they found 3 more." Oh I was so giddy. I thought, it was really exciting to see that someone would give and didn't care about getting recognition or getting notoriety for it, but just had a heart for giving," said Zimmerman.

There was no name, just that message and a number in the corner. They've found numbers 1,2, 4, and 5...so we're guessing there's a number three out there somewhere, to complete the puzzle.

"It's a very big help, so we appreciate it and would love to thank this person," said Zimmerman.

Though for now, they won’t be able to. They just hope others will see this generosity and find a way to help out too.

"I just hope that people will continue to give. It doesn't matter if you give a dollar, it doesn't matter if you give 100 dollars," said Zimmerman.

Of course no one is expected to donate 100 dollars but, like they said, every bit counts and so does volunteering your time. If you are available, contact your local Salvation Army Chapter.