PHOENIX — The Salvation Army Phoenix Maryvale Corps Community Center was broken into just days before Christmas, with hundreds of dollars worth of donations and other items being taken.
A representative of the community center confirmed their facility was broken into Wednesday night.
The thieves got into the building by breaking a door window and causing additional damage inside.
Two laptop computers and $500 in Red Kettle donations were stolen.
They also tried to break into a locked storage shed on the grounds but were unsuccessful.
“The most important thing is that no one was hurt in the incident, and we are grateful for that,” said Captain Joseph Cisneros, The Salvation Army Phoenix Maryvale Corps Officer. "It does make us feel bad or sad at the same time that people would do that to us, but they're not just doing it to the Salvation Army, they're doing it to the community."
The Salvation Army is already nearly 30% short of its total goal of raising $2.5 million in Arizona during the annual Red Kettle Campaign, which will be used to help hundreds of thousands of Arizonans year-round with emergency food, shelter, rent and utilities assistance, disaster relief, and more.
The Salvation Army Phoenix Maryvale Corps has its own goal to raise $40,500 during the Red Kettle Campaign but is at only 26% of that goal currently.
Donations to The Salvation Army can be made:
- At any Red Kettle at storefronts across Arizona. If you don’t have cash at the time, NFC tags and QR codes on Red Kettle signs will provide options to make a contactless donation from your mobile device.
- Online at SalvationArmyRedKettle.org
- By texting RedKettles (no spaces) to 51555