$500,000.00, that was the amount of a cheque dropped into a Salvation Army kettle last week in Rosemount, Minnesota. $500,000.00! I’m pretty sure the local Salvation Army thought the cheque was simply a joke, that it was too good to be true. But it was true, the cheque was honoured at the bank, all $500,000.00.
The couple who put the cheque in the kettle later told the Salvation Army that when they were first married they struggled to get by, often eating groceries discarded by a local grocery store. And now they felt they were in a position to pay it ahead. "You get to a point in life where it's time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of," the donors said.
They also wanted the gift to honour one of their fathers who had served in the First World War and was always grateful for the hot coffee and donuts served to the soldiers by the Salvation Army.
Neat story, this year I will be again ringing a bell alongside of a Salvation Army Kettle because it’s a little bit I can do. And like the Minnesota couple I believe in what the Salvation Army is doing to make our communities better places. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.