Salvation Army red kettle stolen outside Chattanooga store by person pretending to donate

A Salvation Army red kettle with close to $200 was stolen from in front of a Food City in Chattanooga Tuesday afternoon. (Image: Jason Agnew / YouTube)

A Salvation Army red kettle containing close to $200 was stolen from in front of a Food City in Chattanooga Tuesday afternoon.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Kimberly George says it happened around 2pm at the Food City at 6951 Lee Highway.

The bell ringer says a man approached and appeared to be donating, taking out his wallet.

That's when the man snatched the kettle and jumped into the passenger side of a nearby vehicle, which then drove off.

"It hurts my heart that someone would steal from The Salvation Army when we so willingly give assistance for free," says Captain Nathan Jones.

"We will pray for the robber regardless and pray that God will more than make up the money in the other kettles."

Captain Jones says that at the time of the theft, the kettle likely contained close to $200.

Red kettles will be visible outside many locations now through December 23rd for you to donate.

This year, some of the kettles offer the option to donate using a credit card.

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