WEST BEND, WI (WTAQ) - A small horse is a big fundraiser for the Salvation Army.
Major Roger Ross says people line up to put donations in the Red Kettle whenever Tinker the miniature horse does the bell-ringing. He holds the bell with his mouth – and after a donor puts money in the kettle, the horse’s mouth lifts up a sign that reads “Thank you – Merry Christmas.”
Ross says Tinker and his owners – the Takacs family of West Bend – have been known to bring in $2,500 in donations for about two hours of bell-ringing. That’s 10 times the average contributions at a normal kettle.
Tinker is 13-years old, and the horse has been ringing the Salvation Army bells for the last 4 years.
The Takacs family acquired the horse a dozen years ago. Carol Takacs said the miniature horse was already named Tinker when the family obtained the horse – and he could not have a more appropriate name.