Category Archives: Salvation Army

Salvation Army Receives Donation To Replace Stolen Kettles’ Funds

CHICAGO (CBS) — After someone stole two Salvation Army red kettles outside Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue twice in the past week, a family from Schaumburg stepped up. The thefts cost the Salvation Army nearly $1,000 in lost equipment and donations. This served as a call to action for Carrie and Tim Kelly. The Kelly’s surprised Antionette Levi, the bell ringer, Wednesday with a $1,500 donation to her kettle. “It kind of shows both sides of humanity — those who take, but also the people who will give out of their generous hearts,” said Salvation Army Lieut. Samantha Nolan.

Tim, who lost his brother Patrick in May to cancer, said he was the kind of guy who would have stopped and helped. “He was just the kindest man you could ever imagine — if there was a wrong to be righted, he was there to right it.” He said donating was not only the right thing to do, but also a way to honor Patrick’s spirit. The first theft was during the afternoon of Dec. 12; the second was on Dec. 15.

2 Salvation Army Donation Kettles Stolen From Same Post

CHICAGO (CBS) — The search is on for the individual who stole two Salvation Army red kettles from outside a Michigan Avenue store twice in the past week. The first theft was during the afternoon of Dec. 12 from outside Neiman Marcus, 737 North Michigan Avenue. The second was during the afternoon of Dec. 15. The thefts cost the Salvation Army nearly $1,000 in lost equipment and donations.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Smith says in both incidents, the kettles were taken as the bell ringer assigned to them was away from their post. “While the bell ringer was taking a necessity break, a person walked up, took the kettle, the stand, the sign, and just proceeded to walk down Michigan Avenue,” Smith said. According to Smith, the kettles and the stands each weigh between 75 and 100 pounds.

“All of our kettles are locked to the stands. If we were going to be done with the shift, we would leave the stand but take the kettles. So if someone sees someone walking with the full stand, that’s something to question,” Smith said. The Salvation Army is worried that whoever took the kettles may have set them up elsewhere and are taking in donations people think are going to help the less fortunate. The thefts were caught on security cameras, which police are reviewing.