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Red Kettle Stolen from the Salvation Army

With Christmas just one week away it's crunch time for holiday shoppers, and our local charities are also scrambling to make sure those in need don't go without this holiday. Utica's Salvation Army is one of them. But a thief targeting the Red Kettle campaign is setting the organization back. The bells are still ringing-- but the Salvation Army is one kettle short this year.
With Christmas just one week away it's crunch time for holiday shoppers, and our local charities are also scrambling to make sure those in need don't go without this holiday. Utica's Salvation Army is one of them. But a thief targeting the Red Kettle campaign is setting the organization back.  The bells are still ringing-- but the Salvation Army is one kittle short this year.
"We're out there trying to do good and there is a portion of our society that is looking to do bad," said Lieutenant Mike Harrington.
It turned out one Salvation Army volunteer who said he wanted to help others only wanted to help himself.
"This gentleman approached one of the bell ringers and spoke in my name saying I needed it and the gentleman ran off with the kettle," said Harrington.
That strikes a major chord with those who brave the cold every day to collect from the generous.
And for those who donated to the campaign, it's disheartening to know some of those funds never made it to who they were intended for.
The saddest part, according to Lieutenant Harrington is that he would have been willing to help the man.
"All he needed to do was ask for assistance, the man needs help and I hope he does get the help he needs," he said.
If you'd like to sponsor a child you can pick up a wish- list at the New Hartford Walmart or you can drop off donations right at their Clinton Place location.
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