Thursday, November 22, 2012

Theft At The Salvation Army

UnCharitable Behavior

An article in The National Post says that the Salvation Army, the well-known Christian charity famous for its Christmas kettle drives, is investigating two thefts at its Canadian operations: in Ottawa where $250,000 in cash, and in Toronto where $2-million in donated toys, are both missing.
Mere days into its high-profile Christmas kettle drive and a busy donation season, the Salvation Army is grappling with two separate scandals that have led to senior personnel losing their jobs. On Tuesday, the Salvation Army in Toronto announced $2-million worth of toys had disappeared from one of its major warehouses over a two-year period. It ordered an internal audit into the “irregularities” at the Railhouse Road warehouse and on Monday fired executive director David Rennie, said Major John Murray, spokesman for the Salvation Army’s Ontario Central East Division.
A day earlier, news broke in Ottawa that the executive director of the Salvation Army Booth Centre had been fired after an internal audit found nearly $250,000 had gone missing over an eight-year period. Perry Rowe had headed up the centre for the past eight years. Both cases have been handed off to their respective police departments — no charges have been laid in either case. “I think it’s important for people to understand that in both cases … the Salvation Army has been victimized,” said Maj. Murray, who characterized this as a “troubling time” for the organization in terms of leadership.
This is old-fashioned theft, and a sad testimony on human nature, where even children's toys and charitable donations are not sacred. Perhaps, the Salvation Army ought to get rid of cash donations as a way to both protect its interests and keep a better paper trail. I expect that the police will soon be laying charges in both cases.

You can read the rest of the article at [National Post]


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