The thief made off with the kettle outside a Boardman mall earlier this week, the Youngstown Vindicator reports. The thief, who has not been apprehended, was wearing a red Salvation Army jacket when he took the kettle from the people who were guarding it. The bell-ringer at the location was on break when the incident happened.
It’s not known how much money was in the kettle when it was stolen. However, a note, along with $130, was left at the Glenwood Avenue location of the Salvation Army. The note said simply, “Here is the money I took plus money for a new kettle and bell. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”
Major Elijah Kahn, local coordinator for the Salvation Army, told the Vindicator, “Likely, had the person responsible for this crime come to The Salvation Army and asked for help, he would have received it. Joblessness, drug addiction, hunger and being homeless are all challenges The Salvation Army deals with daily. We are here to help, just ask. There is no reason to commit such a crime.”