JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Salvation Army has taken a hit in their largest fundraising effort of the year.
Five of the red kettles that bell ringers use to collect money have been stolen.
Several of them were taken Wednesday night. Captain Curtis Sadler said they were being stored in a car overnight when they were swiped.
Captain Sadler with the Salvation Army said they have a goal of $180,000 by the end of the year, and this theft has affected that.
"It takes a big toll because this is our biggest fundraiser of the year," Sadler said. "This is money that we operate here locally all year long, and to have that kind of thing happen, it's sad."
Sadler said they are pushing $130,000 raised so far, and they have three days and $50,000 to go.
"We need the community's help to make that goal in the next three days of $180,000," Sadler said. "We need our community's support to make it through the year."
Even with this hit in funding, Sadler said they never turn anyone in need away.
Jonesboro police confirmed a report had been filed regarding the theft, but couldn't release further information as it was still being investigated.