The Salvation Army are a ubiquitous presence at this time of year, as they make their annual red kettle collection.
Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee began the Christmas collection in San Francisco way back in 1891 and it has since become a part of American charity culture.
The aim of the kettle collection is to raise much-needed funds for the needy and it is not uncommon for collectors to discover that anonymous donors have slipped in a substantial amount of money.
This year, the most uplifting associated story stems from just such an act. An anonymous donor has put, not a cheque or a pile of cash, but a winning lottery ticket into one of the many Salvation Army kettles that line the winter streets across the United States.
A resident of Middletown, Pennsylvania recently deposited a winning instant ticket worth $1,000 into a collection pot. Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko went on to state;
“The Christmas season often brings out the best in people. It’s heartwarming to hear stories such as this one, and I applaud this anonymous winner for turning their good fortune into an act of charity that will benefit the community.”
The prize-winning ticket for the Fantastic 10s instant game was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle at a Walmart in Erie on December 6, 2016.
“We’ve received donations of winning instant tickets in the past, but they’re usually in an amount of $10 or $20 – never something of this size,” said Major Leslie Walter, officer of the Salvation Army in Erie. “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help us to serve people and families in need.”
The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army serves thousands of needy families through a variety of support services. Visit them online here.