Well, what do you know, it’s December 1. The spirit of giving is finally upon us, I believe. Or, at least it is for one rich-as-fuck anonymous Minnesota couple.
I’m sure you’ve been to the grocery store around Christmas time and seen the Salvation Army people ringing bells and soliciting donations in a giant red kettle by the door. Usually, if they’re lucky, the Salvation Army guys can solicit a few dollars an hour. Apparently, some couple at a grocery store in Minnesota helped one of these guys hit quota and then some. They dropped $500,000 into one of these kettles like it was no big deal.
The holiday spirit hit one Minnesota couple in a big way over the weekend.
They dropped a $500,000 check into the Salvation Army kettle at a Cub Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota, on Saturday.
The couple wants to remain anonymous. They told the agency that they hoped their large donation would encourage others to be generous.
They also said they were honoring a family legacy — one of their fathers served in World War I and especially loved the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to soldiers.
The couple added that they remember what it was like to be in need, admitting they often relied on food thrown away by grocery stores when they were young and money was tight. “You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” they said.
The Twin Cities Salvation Army says it’s the largest single donation they’ve ever received.
This is when you know you’ve made it, in my opinion. When you are rich enough to just casually give away half-a-mil to help others in need, life is probably pretty fucking good. I thought about this as I sat next to a dad and his small kid on a plane yesterday. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be so rich you could just do really nice things for people all the time? Like, here dude, take this $75,000 and use it to pay for your kid’s college. I’m not about starting your own foundation or shit like that, just helping out people individually without searching out all the fanfare.
Kudos to this Minnesota couple. That is what Christmas is all about (and there is no argument that Christmas isn’t the best time of the year). Hopefully it will encourage more wealthy people to do similar acts of kindness..
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