Salvation Army Red Kettle Stolen Outside Wal-Mart In Roseville [VIDEO]

Officials were not sure how much money was in the kettle.

WWJ News
December 05, 2019 - 10:10 pm

(WWJ) -- The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is asking the public for help in locating a stolen red kettle.

Major Cornell Voeller, corps officer for the Salvation Army, tells WWJ a kettle was stolen around 6 p.m. outside a Wal-Mart at 12 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue in Roseville.

Voeller says the bell ringer took a short break and came back to find the kettle missing.

"The kettle buckets are basically chained to the heavy metal stand, and while he stepped away for a few minutes, someone came, they had something to cut through the chain and they took the kettle bucket," Voeller said live on WWJ.

The Salvation Army collects donations at large red kettles during the holiday season to provide help to those in need. Voeller says the Salvation Army's goal this Christmas season in metro Detroit is to raise $8 million to help fund programs and activities throughout the upcoming year.

"That $8 million does come through the red kettles, through those dollar bills or handfuls of change that people throw in – it can make a lot of difference in our community," Voeller said.

Officials are not sure exactly how much money was in the stolen kettle, but Voeller says kettles average about $500 a day -- enough money to feed five meals to a family of four.

"Our message is, first to the person that took it, if they were driven to do this because of financial need, they could’ve come into one of our offices and we would’ve been very happy to help them to talk about what’s going on," Voeller said. "But as far as the public, maybe they can give a little extra donation to help us make up this loss. We don’t know exactly how much was in there, but our kettles average about $500 a day."

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit's Red Kettle campaign began Nov. 8 and runs through Jan. 31, 2020.

Anyone who witnessed the theft of the red kettle or knows anything about it should contact police.