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Keeping Salvation Army's red kettles safe

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Right now  bell ringers are out collecting donations for the Salvation Army. Their kettles are filled with spare change from pockets. But that change can make a big difference for those in need.

But one year ago today, some of those needs were put at risk when bell ringers at two different locations in the magic city were tricked into handing over their kettles to a thief.

Here at Scheels tonight, this is one of the two locations that was targeted a year ago, but as you can see and hear, that's not stopped bell ringers from doing their duty.

We showed you this photo a year ago. It shows a woman from a security camera that police identified as the red kettle thief. Police say she told volunteers she was there to help them avoid the bitter cold and that she would take the kettles to the Salvation Army office.

The woman stole kettles from Hobby Lobby and Scheels. This year, volunteers with salvation army say thieves won't get their hands on them.

"Our kettles are locked down to the stands only one person is allowed to pick up the kettle at any given locations, so we know who's picking up. There's only that one key that'll let that kettle loose," Keith Bottjen with Salvation Army said.

The big issue for the salvation this year isn't thieves, but volunteers. The Salvation Army still is in need of bell ringers.

Go to www.imsalvationarmy.com

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