Salvation Army Will Check on Kettles, After Thefts - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Salvation Army Will Check on Kettles, After Thefts

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The Salvation Army will begin unscheduled checks of busy kettle locations in the Des Moines area after the theft of two kettles.
 
One kettle was stolen Nov. 16 from a Des Moines Hy-Vee store and the other was taken Friday from a West Des Moines Wal-Mart.

In response, the Salvation Army will make random checks to ensure paid bell-ringers and volunteers are watching over kettles.

Salvation Army spokesman Arvid Huisman says someone should have been staffing the Wal-Mart kettle when it was stolen. The other kettle was stolen overnight.

Besides money in the kettles, each container and stand cost more than $160 to replace.
 
The Salvation Army in Des Moines relies on kettle donations for about 40 percent of its holiday revenue.

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