For the past several holiday seasons an anonymous person has been strewing gold coins in various Salvation Army kettles. It has become a Christmas tradition in Chicago. It is always publicized. This generous person has never come forward. This year is no different. Gold coins have been found in the kettles. Some are Krugerrands.
Another anonymous person decided to match the value of up to one hundred gold coins. This could be as much as $140 thousand dollars. The anonymous people who decided to give so generously should be lauded. First for their giving. But mostly, for their anonymity.
They do not want publicity, a pat on the back, or any other recognition. Who knows why and who cares? The point is they give to help others less fortunate.
We live in a city where poverty is rising. People who never thought they would be poor are staring poverty in the face. Many are family members, friends, and neighbors. It is good to know Salvation Army is there to help. It is nice to know there are some people who care enough to give generously.
Cops and firemen witness the greatness of the Salvation Army. They show up at fires and disasters. They hand out coffee, water, donuts, and work gloves. They help relocate people who have lost their homes, give them blankets in inclement weather until they can get to shelter, coral their children, and perform any other service they can.
Salvation Army is one of the very few worthwhile organizations whose activities are visible everyday. Their help reaches across a broad spectrum. So if you see one of those bell ringers, drop an anonymous buck or two in the kettle. You will feel good. You will do good.
No one has to know a thing.
It is practicing the code of silence.