Donations

FILE: Capt. Jason Poff, director of the Salvation Army in Joplin, shows off $100,000 worth of cashier’s checks he says were donated anonymously to the Christian organization via one of its red kettles in 2010.

In Joplin, Missouri, "Santa" (so the checks say) has been dropping multiple cashier's checks for tens of thousands into the kettles for eight years. 

The Secret Santa, as the donor is called, folds the checks in dollar bills and leaves them at various donation sites around town. 

According to the Joplin Globe, as of Christmas 2013, the anonymous contributions were up to half a million dollars.