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Harvard group finds $100 bill in donation jug

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 5:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 11:35 p.m. CDT

HARVARD – Organizers don't know who or exactly when, but someone in Harvard just might have bought the most expensive Tootsie Pop ever during a Harvard Lions Club event this past weekend.

Members of the all-volunteer club hold fundraising events like this a couple times a year. Volunteers stand on Ayer Street in Harvard collecting donations in milk jugs and handing out treats in exchange. Tootsie Pop Day is in the spring. Candy Day is in the fall.

Donations are generally mild – lots of change and ones, some fives, the occasional 10 or 20 – but consistent. But in the shuffle this weekend, someone snuck a $100 bill in one of the jugs and slipped away unnoticed.

"Usually you can see them when they're put in," said Don Larson, the club's secretary and chairman of the weekend's event. "But this one got in."

Larson found the $100 bill when he was counting the money on Sunday. In all, the club raised about $2,400 over the weekend.

Much of the money goes to charities that benefit people with sight and hearing problems, but the club also gives to the local food pantry, parks, youth sports and Christmas baskets.

Larson said the $100 donation is a gracious gift that will be put to good use.

"You think that maybe it could send a kid with hearing or sight impairment to summer camp, which would be a nice thing to do," he said.

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