Secret Santa Leaves $100,000 in Salvation Army Kettle

Heather Murphy-Raines

Heather Murphy-Raines/Scout's Honor
As budgets are slashed across the nation and belts are tightening, someone out there is giving like there is no tomorrow. 

It was about time for a feel good story in this economy, was it not?

It seems in the small little town that was once a hideout for Bonnie and Clyde, there's a secret Santa stuffing the Salvation Army kettle with an extra special donation -- five $20,000 cashier checks carefully wrapped in a bundle of five $1 bills.

Yes, one hundred grand, given anonymously, without fanfare, pats on the back, foundations in their name, ribbon ceremonies ... nothing.

Giving just to give where it's needed most in the town of Joplin, Missouri. You see the Salvation Army in this small town has 898 families and 1,500 children in their care this holiday season. Moms desperate for winter coats and full bellies for their little children ...

Got $450,00 to Spare?
Yes, these moms are lucky to have their own secret Santa. He's come before. This was not the first time he's donated. In all, over the years, $450,000 has been surreptitiously donated in local kettles, all with carefully wrapped cashier checks, drawn from a local bank.

Thus far, no one has been able to discover the Santa's identity -- despite media attempts. Nope, Joplin's residents are happy to help give their Santa his/her privacy.

Isn't it novel? A Good Samaritan giving with modesty and grace? Giving while wanting nothing in return? No acclaim? No salvation from their church? No perpetual scholarship with their name on it? No stadium branded with a corporate slogan or venerable filthy-rich family name?

Yes, it's the true spirit of Christmas.

Refreshing. When is the last time you have seen someone give with no strings attached or pat on the back expected?

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