LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — A surprise was slipped into a Salvation Army kettle in La Cañada Flintridge this month.
An anonymous donor left a check for $5,000 in veteran bell ringer John Shepard’s kettle – a record donation for him and the Glendale chapter of the Salvation Army.READ MORE: 'My Son Was Targeted,' Laguna Hills High Student Spouts Racial Slurs At Black Player During Basketball Game
“I have no idea who gave it,” Shepard said. Shepard has been a Salvation Army bell ringer for the past four decades.
Shepard says when donors write checks, he turns away.READ MORE: Ag Startup And Walmart Building Tech-Operated Indoor Farm In Compton
“It’s private – it’s like the confessional,” he said.
The donor will never see the joy her gift will bring to the families the Glendale chapter serves, the number of which has tripled over the past two years. The money will go into the general fund to be used for after-school programs, the food bank and Christmas presents for as many as 600 families.MORE NEWS: Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Fatal Shooting In San Gabriel
“We get to see the joy in the child’s face when they get a gift,” Shepard said.