TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army has been the victim of
a theft at one of the Christmas Kettle locations in Mississauga Erin
Mills area. The Salvation Army is working with Peel Regional Police to
identify the individual.
It has been reported that the individual approached the Kettle worker
dressed as a Salvation Army Officer and claimed he was there to collect
the Kettle. It was then reported as it seemed out of the ordinary and
the person was not known. Immediately Peel Regional Police were
contacted. The individual is reported as male, blue eyes, dark hair,
5'4" wearing a Salvation Army Officer Uniform and long trench coat and
black mitts. He then drove off in a Grey Mazda.
"We want to let the public know that at this time of year it is
important for The Salvation Army to collect funds to assist those in
need at Christmas and to provide services throughout the year," says
Andrew Burditt, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. "We are saddened
by this and are working with the Peel Regional Police."
About the Christmas Kettle
The first Salvation Army Christmas Kettle was used in 1891 on the docks
of San Francisco by Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee, by 1906 they
had made their way to Canada and are still an effective fundraising
tool for the organization. Belling ringing by volunteers at Christmas
Kettles represents the subtle voice of those in need in our community.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and
every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries
around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for
children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life,
providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who
have lost control of their lives to an addiction.
When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
people in your community who are in greatest need. News releases,
articles and updated information can be found at salvationarmy.ca.
SOURCE: The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division
For further information:
on The Salvation Army, please contact:
Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development
Neil W. Leduke
Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications