CHICAGO (CBS) — Someone stole the red Salvation Army donation kettle from outside Macy’s on State Street, police and the organization said Wednesday.
Around 3:45 p.m., someone took the kettle, stand, and sign from outside Macy’s at Washington and State streets, police said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Illinois, Winter Storm Watch For Parts Of Indiana
The bell ringer told police he left the post unattended when he went across the street and inside a building for a break. When he got back, the kettle was not there, police said.READ MORE: Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey Shot In The Line Of Duty Moved From ICU To Standard Care According To Statement From Family
The kettle contained an estimated $300 to $350, police said. The stand is worth $150 and the bucket itself is worth about $50, police said.
“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 in a news release. “We use those funds for our food pantry, groceries for seniors, for our neighboring families, and programming for kids.”MORE NEWS: Cook County Reopens Third Vaccination Site In A Week In Effort To Get More Residents Vaccinated
The Salvation Army noted that all the money that goes into the red kettles stays local. The money from the red kettle outside Macy’s would have gone to the Chicago Temple Corps Training Center at 1 N. Ogden Ave.