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$25,000 check given to local Red Kettle Campaign

Someone made a $25,000 donation to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign last month. (WICS)

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Springfield.

Someone made a $25,000 donation to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign last month.

The money will go a long way.

Dollars and cents put in the 20 kettles around the Springfield area are used to pay for a variety of services for the needy.

Salvation Army Business Manager Jay Landers said it's the biggest donation check he's ever seen.

"We want this $25,000 contribution to be an inspiration to all the people who can afford $1 at a time when they walk up to a kettle during the red kettle campaign," Landers said. "The inspirational value of it is almost as important as the financial value of it to be able to purchase things for people."

Their goal this year is to raise $200,000 to pay for everything from toiletries to operating costs.

They haven't tallied up all the dollars and cents yet but Landers said the big check will pay for everything from food to operating costs.

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