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Singing Red Kettle Family Inspires Man

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    April 14, 2014 | 8:42 am
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa It's time for the holidays when you see the red kettles and hear those Salvation Army bell ringers. A family took bell ringing to a whole new level and inspired a man to give back more than he ever has before.

    "We finished up lunch and were going to go across the street to the mall, and I came out and was caught off guard by a young family, I believe about five of them, singing Christmas carols," said Jody Anderson.

    "We sang Feliz Navidad and the Little Drummer Boy for a while. And there were people dancing and having fun and putting in their money and it was fun," said Alejandra Martinez.

    Anderson snapped a photo, donated $5 and went about his day, but he said later that night he couldn't help but be inspired by the family.

    "I grew up fairly poor, at times needing money and food, and we just thought we had to do something, so what we did was we posted it to our Facebook page," said Anderson.

    Anderson and his wife said they would donate $1 for every "like" the photo received in a 24 hour period.

    "I said, 'Oh we'll get 200. We had 200 in two hours -- and it just kept growing and growing and growing," said Anderson.

    In 24 hours, the photo had 700 likes. A friend of the Andersons helped to bring the total donation to $1,000.

    "We were thinking, 'Oh we're just going to make a couple bucks for the Salvation Army, but I believe God's plans are always greater than our own plans," said Juan Martinez.

    The families met on Monday and presented a check to the Salvation Army.

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