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STILLWATER, Minn. -- The world's largest Salvation Army Red Kettle was recently unveiled at a Cub Foods store location here, as hundreds turned out to climb the 10-foot ladder and drop their cash donations into the giant Red Kettle.
Cub Foods customers and other community residents took advantage of a 10-to-1 matching program that was conducted on Nov. 19 only at the Stillwater Cub Foods store. Red Kettle donations at all other Twin Cities Cub Foods stores were matched two-to-one. The matching program was made possible by a $100,000 anonymous contribution.
"We're thrilled that Cub Foods customers and members of the local community came out in such great numbers to support a great cause," said Chuck Lynch, v.p. of operations for Cub Foods.
The World's Largest Kettle will make appearances across the Twin Cities at special events and retail locations during the red kettle campaign, which runs through Dec. 31. Serving more than 200,000 people in the Twin Cities, The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is a 100-year-old tradition.
In related news, Minnesota Cub Foods customers donated more than 1,600 turkeys to Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, which was made possible by participating in a BOGO turkey promotion that ran from Oct. 16 through Oct. 22, 2005.
The promotion gave shoppers the chance to donate their free turkey to families in need during the upcoming holiday season.