On Dec. 7, Laconia police responded to Main Street for a report of theft of money from the Salvation Army holiday collection bucket.
Someone snatched a Salvation Army red kettle, stand and all right in front of the bell ringer outside the Tyler Walmart Supercenter located off of Hwy 64.
Plus, toys and jackets were donated to make up for a shortfall of angel tree donations. I think we exceeded that. Today, volunteers were helping the Salvation Army to sort the hundreds of toys that have been donated in the last few days. The captain says there are 231 forgotten angels - gifts that haven't been returned.
"We probably doubled the amount of toys we had previous year", said incoming president Sean Suggs.
There is only have a short period of time to conduct their largest annual fundraising campaign and if the weather doesn't cooperate than it impacts on what services they are able to provide to members of the community who go to Salvation Army for assistance. Suggs said there are around 2,000 employees (including on-site supplier workers) at the Blue Springs plant.
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As of December 13, the kettles have raised a total of $473,620.
The Salvation Army said it will have the two bars appraised by a professional to determine their values.
Christmas will be a lot brighter for many needy families, thanks to a toy drive at the Blue Springs Toyota plant, and a surprise donation from the automaker.
"Generally speaking, the last week is usually the best", she said.
If you would like to volunteer to help shop for a child in need, representatives will interview potential volunteers between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.at Target.