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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An anonymous donor stepped forward on Thursday to help keep to doors open at the Northland's oldest Catholic school.

Parents, parishioners and alumni of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish School say they only found out Monday they had until Thursday to come up with $200,000 in pledges to keep the school open.

Dwindling enrollment and an aging parish population contributed to the shortfall.

By Thursday evening $51,000 of the $200,000 in pledges had been raised, but it sill wasn't enough. Thankfully, by Friday morning, a major donor said he will make up the budget shortfall. The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, also agreed to help the school for the next three years if needed.

"I'm excited," Father Jospeh Totton said. "You know I think this speaks well of the commitment the people have to a catholic education and seeing the generosity of a few to step up and be willing to do what we can to continue this ministry."

The finance committee still plans to meet Thursday night but says it will be to present the good news and discuss the donations and pledges.

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