Three crisp, $100 bills were placed in a Salvation Army kettle recently along with a note issuing a challenge to “match the donation through the Cleveland Banner,” according to “Santa’s Helper.”
Sgt. Ruthie Forgey, local administrator for The Salvation Army, brought the challenge to the Banner’s attention.
Forgey said the “secret Santa” left the money, along with a note, last Thursday in one of the familiar red kettles manned by bell ringers.
The drop was made at a local retailer Forgey said generally doesn’t generate much revenue for the red kettle collection drive.
“This past week, a donor left a significant blessing in a Red Kettle at Big Lots — three crisp new $100 bills wrapped in a note stating, ‘Challenge others to match this donation through the Cleveland Daily Banner and there will be more $$$ to come.’”
It was signed, “Santa’s Helper.”
The red kettles are scattered around the city much like lights around the Christmas tree, both representing hope to a world which is often so full of need, according to Forgey.
Forgey said donations have been lower this year. She added, however, she’s confident during this last week of giving the charity will not only meet last year’s goal but surpass it.
Forgey also said Cleveland and Bradley County residents are very generous and the $300 donation and challenge is just an example of the kindness of the folks who live in our community.
According to Forgey, all donations received in the kettles stay in Bradley County to serve those in need in the Cleveland area community.
“If you are up for the challenge, get a new crisp $100 bill, or two, or 10 and go find a red kettle. You will be a blessing to someone in need,” she said.