Salvation Army Major Richard Hathorn was carefully scanning the faces, but still the $1,000 donor eluded him.
Each Christmas since 1978, someone secretly stuffs a $1,000 bill into one of the Morgantown Salvation Army's red kettles.
The anonymous donor made good again Saturday. Hathorn says the donor alerted the church that the donation would be deposited between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart at University Town Center.
While Hathorn carefully scanned the faces of the charitable, he says he still has no idea who slid the bill bearing a likeness of President Grover Cleveland into the kettle. He later found it wrapped inside a $1 bill.
Hathorn says he hopes to raise about $62,000 from the kettles this year to provide everything from toys and food to utility assistance.