Anonymous donor pledges to match donation of up to $ 1,000 to help replace Salvation Army’s stolen red kettle – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Anonymous donor pledges to match any donation up to $ 1,000 to help replace a stolen Salvation Army red kettle.

An unidentified man stole the kettle from a volunteer posted outside a Walmart in Randallstown on December 6 at around 5 p.m.

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The kettle contained almost $ 600 in cash.

“Our anonymous donor from Virginia wishes to make a matching donation and challenges anyone wishing to make a donation to the has stolenn kettle cash ”, The Salvation Director of Army Development Eric Mueck said. “If someone donates, let’s say $ 10.00 or $ 25. Then it will match that as well.

Shortly after the theft, the Virginia donor contacted Mueck with the offer to contribute.

“He was upset that someone was so cruel during Christmas time. That someone would try to steal from children and families who need help, ”Mueck said.

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The organization said it was raising funds to help feed the homeless, provide assistance with rent and utilities, and provide extracurricular resources for a boys and girls club in West Baltimore.

Salvation Army Lt. Antonio Willis said donations were down this year.

“Collectively, across Maryland Central Command, we’re about $ 40,000 behind the same time last year,” he said.

With just two weeks to go into bell season, the organization has said it hopes for a miracle. Willis said the donor brings him joy.

“This is why we are doing what we are doing to make sure that no one is going without this Christmas season, so it really makes me happy that there are still some donors who are going to step up,” he said. . “We’re not going to let that deter us from trying to do our best for those who really need it.”

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