Salvation Army Red Kettle stolen from Pick 'n Save on Good Hope Road
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Salvation Army Red Kettle was stolen from the Pick 'n Save located at 7401 W Good Hope Rd. in Milwaukee Wednesday night.
According to the bell ringer, three people pulled up to the store around 5:00 p.m. They approached the ringer and said office security needed to speak with him. While the man was away, the thieves took off with the kettle, kettle stand and sign.
Bell Ringer Ronald Jordan said it's upsetting to hear about this incident happening to another volunteer.
"Taking something from someone who is out there trying to help those like you and those that need help that's kind of messed up," Jordan said.
Divisional Secretary of the Salvation Army Tim Meyer said it's not only upsetting for the organization and those in need, but for the people donating to help others this holiday season.
"These moneys are used to feed, to clothe and to meet the basic needs of people in the neighborhoods where the funds are raised," Meyer said.
The sign was found damaged at a nearby McDonald's, but the kettle and stand were not found. A police report has been filed but it is unknown how much money was in the kettle at the time.
The Red Kettle Campaign in Milwaukee County is currently behind $30,000 compared to this time last year. The campaign goal for the 2017 Christmas season is $3.8 million.
For volunteers like Jordan, they won't let an incident like this prevent them from helping others.
"They're not going to stop us from going out here and trying to do what we have to do to help them reach the goals they're trying to reach," Jordan said.