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Match Day for Dane County red kettles

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Deirdre Morgan (right) was one of three women who rang bells outside an Oregon grocery store Saturday.  An anonymous donor dropped off a $5,000 checks at their kettle. Deirdre Morgan (right) was one of three women who rang bells outside an Oregon grocery store Saturday. An anonymous donor dropped off a $5,000 checks at their kettle.

OREGON (WKOW) -- Four days are left for Salvation Army bellringers to raise money for the charity.

Volunteers Deirdre Morgan got a nice surprise at one kettle she manned outside an Oregon grocery store on Saturday.  She said someone anonymously dropped off a check for $5,000.

Morgan was nearly speechless when 27 News photojournalist Drew Smith arriced ten minutes later. "It was pretty amazing," said Morgan. "It was amazing. I couldn't even get his name."

"It feels fantastic," she added. "These are difficult times for many, many families. And every day there's an angel, and after the man gave me $5,000, another man gave us hot chocolate because we were looking pretty cold."

Saturday was also Match Day for a number of the kettles in our area. McFarland State Bank, the QTI Group, and a different anonymous donor all offered to match the money raised at kettle locations in Dane County.

So far, the Salvation Army said collections are down more than $5,000 from this time last year, and the kettle campaign has raised less than half of its goal of nearly $700,000.

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