JOPLIN, MO.--- For the 6th year in a row, the Secret Santa put $50,000 into the 2 red kettles at the 15th street Wal-Mart in Joplin. He or she wrapped up 5, $10,000 checks in dollars bills and their identity is still a mystery. Over the last few years, they have given more than $400,000. Salvation Army officials say the Secret Santa waited a bit longer this year to surprise them.
"I think he wanted to try our patience this year. He did a good job or she did, and we just appreciate the generosity they're showing every year," states Lt. James Curry, Salvation Army.
However, the Salvation Army still has a long way to reach their goal of $395,000. Even after the donation, they are still $40,000 short. The bell ringers will be out until Christmas Eve at 2 p.m.