Springfield, MO (December 7, 2015) The Salvation Army has had a number of red kettles stolen over the last several weeks during its annual Red Kettle Campaign. Police reports have been filed for each case and The Salvation Army is working closely with the Springfield Police Department.
One arrest has been made and charges filed for one of the thefts. In addition, the Springfield Police Department is pursuing other leads and persons of interests in the other cases.
“Any assistance the community can provide us with regarding these thefts is very helpful,” Major Mike Mills, Corps officer said. “Our red kettle campaign helps sustain our programs year round. Any loss affects what we can provide to help others.”
The Salvation Army raises over one third of its annual operating budget during the annual campaign.
“We are working closely with the Salvation Army to investigate a number of Red Kettle thefts that have occurred over the past couple weeks in Springfield, and we are continuing to follow some developing leads in an effort to ensure that these individuals are held accountable for their criminal actions,” said Major Jim McCulloch of the Springfield Police Department.
If you have any information, please call The Salvation Army at 862-5509.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.