Salvation Army Red Kettle Stolen Outside Macy’s On State Street

Mike Krauser
December 19, 2019 - 7:06 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Salvation Army is asking for help after one of its iconic red kettles filled with donations was stolen Wednesday from a post outside of Macy’s on State Street in the Loop.

Someone took the unattended kettle, stand, and sign from outside Macy’s at the corner of Washington and State streets around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The kettle was set up and contained an estimated $300 to $350 dollars in cash donations, according to Salvation Army spokeswoman Katie Pfingsten. The stand and the kettle itself are worth a combined $200.

“The donations from our red kettles help our neighbors in the city in many ways year-round,” Major Clara Braddock, corps officer for The Salvation Army Chicago Temple Corps said. “We use those funds for our food pantry, groceries for seniors, for our neighboring families and programming for kids.”

The money that was stolen would have gone to the Chicago Temple Corps Training Center at 1 N. Ogden Ave., Pfingsten said.

The Salvation Army said the person who is believed to have stolen the kettle and stand had been hanging around watching the bell-ringer, perhaps waiting for the person to take a break.  

Braddock said it’s the second kettle stolen in the Loop this season. Last month, someone made off with a red kettle from the Magnificent Mile during Black Friday.

“Macy’s is one of our best locations and the person we had bell-ringing is one of our better bell-ringers, as well. He’s just very enthusiastic. The more enthusiastic you are the more money you make and he was very enthusiastic. It was a shock to him. It was absolutely a shock," Braddock said.

She said there is some concern for the safety of the bell-ringers, depending on how desperate a person is, she said.

And that’s something they’re talking about.

Police are investigating the theft.  There's a good change the person was caught on surveillance video.  

No arrests have been reported.