“Our focus is on the children and toys”.
Major Moore said the kettles are locked and after a day in front of the store, she estimated it contained about $500 in donations.
Sikes said various church groups and community organizations often turn out to help man the kettles during the Christmas season.
Donations may sent to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt St., Omaha, Nebraska 68114, or visit SalArmyOmaha.org to donate online.
“We have been running this appeal for families in need for many years now.
The Salvation Army was always going to be a part of our community strategy in the future, we are just making sure they are part of the present as well”, said Andy Izquierdo, Belk Vice Pres. of Communications & Community Relations.
“We have had a long relationship with the Salvation Army, and they are absolutely welcome at all of our 294 stores”, he said in the email. So right now, we’re estimating about 25-to-30 thousand dollars that they’ve stolen from us thus far. “I truly believe if you ever do it, you’ll do it again”. The campaign runs until Saturday, December 23, and volunteers are needed for two-hour time slots. Sikes said even those who can not stand to man the kettles are a great help inside the office. “Once the Angel Tree gifts start coming in, they can help us get those out”.
The warehouse also houses the organization’s upcoming 7,000 square foot nonprofit grocery store, DMG Foods, which will be the first of its kind in Salvation Army history.