The Salvation Army in Chattanooga, Tenn. says a Christmas miracle will make a big difference this year.
Last weekend, someone dropped 36 $100 bills in one of the Salvation Army's signature red kettles.
The organization places the kettles in front of retail establishments across the country each Christmas to raise funds to help families in need.
The Salvation Army said the need is great this year, especially in Chattanooga.
"This is going to be a great boost. Hopefully, this will challenge others to give because we need your donations now more than ever," Salvation Army spokeswoman Kimberly George said.
Nationwide, the red kettles raise millions of dollars each year to help the less fortunate. The tradition dates back to 1891 when a Salvation Army captain came up with the idea to help the poor.