JOPLIN, MO – A generous Secret Santa has brightened the holidays for the Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri, yet again.
For the past decade, an anonymous donor has dropped a big contribution in the kettle.
This year, as they counted their donations outside a local Walmart, Salvation Army officials discovered that wrapped inside dollar bills were five checks of $10,000 each.
Salvation Army officials have nicknamed the anonymous donor ‘Secret Santa’ for the tradition of donating large sums in the kettle each Christmas season.
They estimate that the secret Santa or Santas have donated at least $500,000 over the past decade.
Their generous donation once again will be put to good use and will help the Salvation Army be that much closer to reaching its Christmas goal of $415,000.
The money will be used to support the organization’s clothing and housing initiatives, including a meal program that feeds 200 to 400 people per day.