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Secret Santa drops $5,500 into Chattanooga kettle

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Salvation Army spokeswoman in Chattanooga says someone slipped a $5,500 donation into 1 of the charity's red kettles in northwest Georgia.

During a live interview Wednesday on WDEF-TV, Salvation Army spokeswoman Kimberly George announced the charity found 55 $100 bills in 1 of its donation kettles. That total includes five more $100 bills than George knew about earlier.

She said the gift deposited Tuesday is especially welcome because donations have been flat at best this season.

George said there have been similar anonymous gifts in past years.

She said a man who put the money in a Red Kettle at the K-Mart plaza in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., told the bell ringer "Merry Christmas, please remember me."

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