Mystery donor leaves 100,000 kronor church collection gift

An anonymous older woman answered all her local Swedish church's prayers on Sunday by handing over an envelope with bills amounting to 100,000 kronor ($12,200).

The unidentified woman, believed to be in her seventies, made the gift after pastors appealed for donations for international aid projects, Krister Klint, a verger at the Caroli Church in the southwestern Swedish town of Borås, told AFP.

“When the service was over, she came forward and said in broken Swedish that she wanted to make a donation. She had a homemade brown envelope in her hand. So she handed it over to church wardens, and they took it into the back room with the rest of the collection,” Krister said.

“They opened the envelope and were shocked to find a note on which it was written ‘100,000 kronor’. There was a wad of money with 1,000- and 500-kronor bills,” he added.

Klint told AFP the church usually collects around 70,000 to 80,000 kronor each year, but had no idea as to the identity or the whereabouts of the mystery donor.

“I’ve never seen her before. I’m not sure she will like all this attention, seeing as she made an anonymous donation. But surely it can’t be wrong to express your joy over such a generous act?” he said.

All of the collections made by the Caroli Church will go towards aid projects in developing countries.