Salvation Army Finds $1000 Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket in Red Kettle


During the holiday season, the Salvation Army stations kettles stationed all around the country, collecting donations for needy families at Christmas.

While many people simply walk by these kettles and the bell-ringers standing next to them, one person in Erie, Pennsylvania, deposited something quite shocking into a kettle, WPMT reported.

A winning lottery ticket worth $1,000 was deposited into the Salvation Army kettle outside a Walmart on Dec. 6. Talk about the season of giving!

“The Christmas season often brings out the best in people,” explained Drew Svitko, the lottery’s executive director. “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.”

It’s extremely rare for the Salvation Army to get a donation like this. Most people will simply put change, or a couple of dollar bills, into the kettle.

The Erie-Times News noted that this massive donation was sorely needed because the Salvation Army was behind on donations. As of Monday, the Salvation Army had only collected $79,790. Last year at this time, they had collected $102,280.

“We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will help us to serve people and families in need,” stated Maj. Leslie Walter, an officer of the Salvation Army in Erie, Philadelphia’s KYW reported.

The holiday seasons often inspire acts of kindness from complete strangers who want to share their good fortune with the rest of the world.

This season isn’t about getting what we want from Santa Claus. It’s about remembering how Jesus came into the world to save us, and remembering how fortunate we are. Most of all, it’s about trying to make this world a better place for everyone in it.

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