Salvation Army Christmas Kettles Stolen in Mississauga

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

SOURCE: The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information:

on The Salvation Army, please contact:

Andrew Burditt
Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development
c) 416-845-8231

Neil W. Leduke
Divisional Director of Marketing and Communications
c) 416-578-7998

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