A Couple Recovering from Hard Times Drops $500,000 Check into Salvation Army Bucket

In a remarkable act of paying it forward and paying it back, a couple drops $500,000 check into Salvation Army kettle.

A Minnesota couple made a staggering, $500,000 donation to the Salvation Army, saying they had endured hard times and wanted to help others facing dark days this holiday season.

The donors, who wished to remain anonymous, dropped the half-a-million-dollar check into one of the charity’s ubiquitous red kettles, setting a Minneapolis record for a single donation to the Salvation Army. 

It was a remarkable act of paying it forward and paying it back, organization officials said.

Read: Mom of Slain 9-Year-Old Denies Using Donation Funds to Buy New Car

“We are simply stunned and honored to have received such a generous gift,” said Jeff Strickler, the organization’s Minneapolis-St. Paul commander. “This is a true blessing.”

The couple made the donation to honor one of their fathers, who served in World War I and was grateful to Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the field.

Read: Homeless Man Who Received More Than $50,000 From Strangers Gives Away Free Food

They also gave the large sum because in harder times, the husband and wife had to scavenge food from a grocery store garbage bin.

“You get to a point in life where it’s time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” they said, according to a statement from the organization.

Watch Below: Fans Are Lining Up to Donate Their Kidneys to Lamar Odom