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Saint Grand ups ante with first gift of 2018

Added on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Saint Grand is back.

On Dec. 1, the anonymous and affectionately-named donor dropped a $1,400 cash donation into a red kettle at Lunds & Byerlys in Roseville.

Saint Grand has been dropping bundles of crisp $100 bills into Twin Cities kettles throughout every Christmas season since 2011.

This year’s initial $1,400 donation could mark the beginning of an exciting trend: The serial giver’s gifts have been growing by $100 per donation every Christmas season since 2015.

Consider the following:

  • 2014: Seven gifts of $1,000
  • 2015: Nine gifts of $1,100
  • 2016: Seven gifts of $1,200
  • 2017: Eight gifts of $1,300

“Is Saint Grand’s heart growing larger, or is he or she just trying to keep up with inflation?” pondered Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “All we know for sure is that The Salvation Army appreciates Saint Grand’s incredible generosity.”

Over the last eight Christmas seasons, Saint Grand has donated more than $116,500 in cash to The Salvation Army. His or her identity remains unknown.

The Twin Cities Salvation Army hopes to raise $11.9 million during its 2018 Christmas Campaign, which runs through Dec. 31. About $2.5 million of the goal is expected to come from kettle donations.

Poverty is an everyday battle that families don’t always win. Thankfully, there is an army of loving people like you who fight on their behalf. Your generosity puts food on their table, presents under their tree, and joy in their hearts. Join the fight for good by donating online or at a red kettle, becoming a volunteer bell ringer, or recruiting your own army of fundraisers at Learn more about how The Salvation Army fights poverty in your community.