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Recently in the Washington D.C. area, about $10,000 that was collected in Salvation Army’s red kettles to help local families in need was stolen by one or two suspects breaking into the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center building.
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those struggling to make ends meet, especially families with children. Recently in the Washington D.C. area about $10,000 that was collected in the Salvation Army’s red kettles to help local families in need was stolen by one or two suspects. The thieves broke into the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center building where Salvation Army and So Others Might Eat, another non-profit group helping the homeless, have offices.
The money was to provide people with food, help with bills, and presents for their children’s Christmas, among other needs. Salvation Army is asking the community to help them recover by donating a little extra and to pray for those responsible as D.C. police officers continue to investigate.
They are also thankful that the security guard on duty the night of the break-in was not harmed by one suspect who threatened him with a knife before fleeing.
Salvation Army’s offices were ransacked with money taken from the safe and several kettles opened with crowbars. So Others Might Eat lost laptops, cameras, and bus tokens intended to provide people with a way to get to and from jobs.
Executive Director Richard Gerlach said, “it’s unfortunate that people are taking from people who need it most.”