The Salvation Army red donation kettle at the Walmart on Lowe’s Boulevard in Killeen was stolen around 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, according to an email from Lt. Chantel Millin, an officer with the local Salvation Army.
The bellringer was not injured during the robbery and it is unknown how much money was in the kettle at the time of the robbery, according to the Millin.
The Salvation Army did not have a new kettle at the Walmart on Friday but they do plan to have one there soon, Millin said.
The incident was reported to the authorities and is currently under investigation, she said.
The red kettle campaign is the Salvation Army’s major fundraiser that provides funds to support year-round programs and services in Bell County, including operating a homeless shelter in Temple and other programs.
Anyone who wants to donate can do so by mail at P.O. Box 1884 Temple,TX 76503 or online at http://sarmytx.org/bellcounty.
Other bellringers and donation kettles are staffed daily at the following locations:
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2900 Clear Creek Road, Killeen
- Walmart, 3404 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen
- Walmart, 2020 Heights Drive, Harker Heights
- Sam’s Club, 600 W. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights
- Hobby Lobby, 2002 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights