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Man Gives $3,100 to Salvation Army

Posted December 23, 2007

— Less than two weeks after a man put 30 $100 bills into a Salvation Army kettle, someone decided to do one better.

On Saturday morning, someone put 31 $100 bills in a Christmas card and dropped it into the tambourine held by Salvation Army volunteer Margaret L. Wetefsky at on Orwigsburg supermarket. The card had a note inside saying, "I want you to be known as the person who collected the largest donation. May God shine on you." It was signed, "Leo."

"I don't know his last name. I only know him to see him. He had given me money last year, five $100 bills for the last four years straight," Wetefsky said.

Adam W. Hench, captain of Salvation Army/Pottsville Corps, said the money would be used to help the poor heat their homes.

The previous big donation was made December 10 at the Schuylkill Mall.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects overlines to $3,100, sted $31,000)


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  • colliedave Dec 24, 2007

    Wonder how much the Breck Girk has kicked in for his beloved poor people?

  • Hammerhead Dec 24, 2007

    Wow, that would buy 1/300th of a fancy church organ.

  • Daikon Dec 24, 2007

    ....and that's what Christmas is about, Charlie Brown...

  • All child molesters should die Dec 23, 2007

    What a great story!! God bless Leo and all the other "Leo's" out there.

  • Made In USA Dec 23, 2007

    skewlteachrmommy...For someone (two in this case) to not only give, but to trust a volunteer at a mall with that much cash is certainly unusual this day and time. That much money from each person is quite rare! There will be some unfortunate families staying warm this winter making them quiet fortunate. God Bless these givers.

  • Godschild43 Dec 23, 2007

    This man has his heart in the right place.He is giving to those in need.

  • skewlteachrmommy Dec 23, 2007

    Why is this strange news? Since when did giving money for charity become strange. This should have made other news categories for this persons generosity!