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Salvation Army Receives Big Donation From Anonymous Man


By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9 

ODESSA- It's the season of giving and the Salvation Army in Odessa has been working hard to give to the less fortunate. On Monday afternoon, the organization received a big gift of their own.

"Today (Monday) we had an anonymous donor come in and issue a dollar for dollar match. He is willing to offer up to $65,000," Joe Contreras, commanding Officer for the Salvation Army, said.

The mystery man said he would give that money to the empty stocking fund, something the organization does every year. It not only helps give to those in need during Christmas but it also helps with their funds year round.

"It's really huge for us because the impact is go great  here and the need is so great and we really need all the money we can get to help us throughout the remainder of the year and the year to come" said Contreras

Due to the frigid weather the Salvation Army says this year has been a little rough. The organization is a long way off from their goal of $150,000 so now they're asking for your help. 

"For those of you out there who may have been thinking about donating, now is a good time to put your dollars to use. Your one dollar becomes two or your hundred becomes 200" Contreras said

The Salvation Army says this is the biggest donation they have received and during this time of need they are very thankful for the giving community. 

"The people in west Texas are really generous an unique and giving in this way" said Contreras

If you would like to donate to the empty stocking you can go to the Salvation Army in Odessa at 810 East 11th street or you can take money to the Odessa American. This Friday is the last day to donate.