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Salvation Army donations worth thousands stolen in Carthage

CARTHAGE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Salvation Army store managers in Carthage say thousands in donations have been stolen from their store in recent months.

The store uses the donations to sell, then use the profits to provide utility bill pay assistance and other financial help for people in need.

"We work strictly on donations.  We use those donations.  It's really hurt us because we haven't been able to help our community because of the stealing," Manager Lisa Odom said.

Surveillance video of the thefts has been given to police but they say the quality hasn't allowed them to identify those involved.

Store managers are asking people to only drop off donations during store hours.  They also plan to invest in more cameras.

"They don't realize they're taking from the needy.  We're here in the community to help people in need.  All they're doing is taking from people that need.  That could be children who are hungry," Odom said.

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