KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Police are investigating the daylight theft of a Salvation Army kettle from outside of the Walmart store on Lowe’s Boulevard in Killeen.
The bell-ringer was not injured in the theft, which occurred at around 4:40 p.m. Thursday.
"We tell our bell-ringers not to be heroes their life is not worth whatever is in that kettle," Salvation Army Lt. Chantel Millin said.
Salvation Army officials said they don’t know how much money was inside the kettle, but that the Walmart locations typically bring in a lot of money each day.
"It is sad because this time of year when we're fundraising it is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we count on those funds to get us through the first few months of the year," Millin said.
Proceeds from the annual Red Kettle Campaign are a major source of funding for the Salvation Army’s programs in Bell County including the McLane Center of Hope, shelters for men, women and families and nightly case management for as many as 70 people.
Donations to the campaign may also be made online.
"We want [the thief] to know of our services because if they have a need that we could've possibly met through other means we would have loved to been able to do that," Millin said.