The Salvation Army Santa Fund

Dear Santa,

The headlines were big and bold: Anonymous donor puts $200,000 check into Salvation Army kettle.

An anonymous donor provided a big boost for The Salvation Army fundraising efforts in Minnesota, KSTP reported. The Twin Cities Salvation Army said in a release that a check for $200,000 was dropped into the red kettle in the south metro area.

Earlier in the Christmas season there was a story that a donation was made to the red kettle totaling $10,000; all in 100 dollar bills.

In both cases The Salvation Army stated they were truly grateful for the donation(s) that will boost fundraising efforts, which are running about 10 percent behind last season’s numbers.

I received a call this past Saturday from one of our Advisory Board members who was ringing at one of our kettles. “Tony please check to see if there was a large donation in the kettle in which I was ringing. An elderly women had reached into her purse, pulled out bills wrapped in a rubber band and plunked it into the kettle.” I alerted our accountant to see if there was a large donation in that particular kettle.

She reported back to me that the rubber band had two dollars wrapped together.

It is exciting to hear about large donations received, but we are very grateful for every dollar someone donates because those dollars help us to help others in need.

I have an equally good story. While I was ringing at a Christmas kettle, a women with a child started putting change into the kettle. It’s not much she stated, but I try to give when I pass a kettle. The Salvation Army was there for me when I was younger. Christmas was a lot better because of the help we received. “Thank you,” she said.

That to me is what Christmas and the Christmas kettles are all about. Yes it is nice to get large donations, but is it also nice to get pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and a story of thankfulness.

Safe travel Santa, it is almost that special day.


Please help by giving generously to the Salvation Army and the Sun-Gazette Santa Fund.

You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.