Nanaimo Salvation Army says man trying to dupe people in door-to-door scam

Nanaimo Salvation Army says man trying to dupe people in door-to-door scam”

An Oklahoma woman is feeling grateful to have her wedding ring back after her husband accidentally dropped it into a Salvation Army kettle!

Since 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised money to support local efforts in emergency social services such as food, clothing, and utility assistance.

The thief's bad behavior inspired Jones to replace the stolen money with a $200 donation.

"The decrease in donations is a concern", said Salvation Army Quad Cities coordinator Major Scott Shelbourn.

The Red Kettle Campaign runs just four weeks each year from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Morrow says she's been coming to the Christmas Depot for nine years and is grateful they're up and running this year.

In just a few days, the Salvation Army is set to kick off its annual toy and joy program where families in need will receive donated toys and a frozen turkey.

Among the 30 people packing boxes with needed foodstuffs Friday was first-time volunteer Dolly Kruger, someone who knows only too well how much those hampers mean at this time of year. "We're always here to meet the community's needs".

The application process, which verifies income and need, began in early October and this year's new favorites included Easy-Bake Ovens and drones, Canning said. "Often times, people get irritated about all the commercialization of this time of year".

In addition to the plenty of individual donors that helped provide Christmas gifts for many kids, several corporate donors in our community also stepped up including Corvette, Magna, Bendex, and others.

The shop's Facebook page was littered with hundreds of comments, including many that accused The Salvation Army of discrimination, after it posted about the fundraiser. "Many of the people we help do have jobs".

This year, more than 900 families registered for the program.

Last year, the Salvation Army provided almost 28,000 hot meals, hot showers, laundry facilities, clothing, household items, school supplies and sponsored 86 childrens trips to summer camp. Right now, however, collections are down 10 percent from a year ago even though the goal is higher.

"This afternoon our hearts were broken when over 150 angels were returned to us unsponsored", states a post by the Salvation Army of Horry County.

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