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Volunteers in charge of manning the Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles are used to taking in about $30 an hour in the Twin Cities.

So when a Minnesota couple quietly deposited a check outside a grocery store this weekend, they didn’t realize it would soon be one for the books.

The couple’s donation turned out to be $500,000 – the largest the state has ever seen.

Despite making headlines, the donors have insisted on remaining anonymous.

The couple has gone through money problems of their own, Brian Kilmeade said this morning on “Fox and Friends.”

They told NBC News that they wanted to honor one of their fathers, a WWI veteran who “was always grateful to Salvation Army ‘Doughnut Lassies’ who brought soldiers free coffee and treats.”

“You get to a point in life where it's time to take care of others, the way you were taken care of,” the two said in a statement through the foundation.

With the help of this generous donation, the Salvation Army says it is now almost exactly on track to meet its fundraising target for Christmas.

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