We see stories every year about someone dropping something crazy in a Salvation Army kettle, like a gold coin. This is an entirely different story.

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Firefighters were asking for Salvation Army donations outside a grocery store near Minneapolis on Saturday when someone dropped a check in for $500,000. According to a spokeswoman, it was an elderly couple who want to remain anonymous. But it's for real, and the check is good.

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They say they did it to honor one of their fathers, who fought in World War One and used to talk about how Salvation Army workers walked around handing out coffee and donuts to the troops. And they also want to encourage other people to be as generous as they can with donations this year.

Officials are still confirming, but it might be the largest donation anyone has ever left in a Salvation Army kettle.

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