A Salvation Army's Red Kettle was stolen from a Waverly grocery store Tuesday afternoon, the Salvation Army said.
The Salvation Army said the donation collection bucket was taken from the Giant Food of Waverly in the 600 block of 33rd Street. They are asking for the public's assistance identifying the person who stole the kettle. Anyone with information should contact Baltimore Police.
The organization uses the Red Kettles to collect funds for its philanthropic work, such as providing meals to the hungry, holiday gifts, feeding programs, social services, and educational programs. Though the campaign collects funds during the holiday season, the programs run year round.
"We are not immune to acts of desperation, even with everything we offer our community," Captain Ryan Vincent, a Salvation Army officer, said in a statement. "This is our season to raise as much funding as possible to help those in desperate situations and this theft will definitely affect the capacity in which we can respond. We appreciate Giant Food of Waverly and the Baltimore Police Department for all of their help in responding to this incident."