Salvation Armys across the nation are preparing for their red kettle campaign - their famous fundraiser which supports their Christmas dinners and toy drives for families in need. And the Salvation Army in Tamaqua is getting ready to do the same. But this past year, their former leader Sharon Whispell was charged with stealing from the organization.
However it seems it won't stop people from donating.
It was actually pretty remarkable. Every single person we spoke with didn't bat an eye when they said their donations would not stop. The overall sentiment being one bad apple shouldn't ruin all the good the Tamaqua Salvation Army does year after year.
"It wasn't throughout the entire organization. It involved one person. That problem has been taken care of. And I think the Salvation Army's history will sustain it." said Dale Freudenberger.
He's one of many who believe the Salvation Army is a quality organization providing for those in need. He sees the Salvation Army having no trouble overcoming what he calls an isolated incident which has been taken care. Joey Smith doesn't believe one person's wrongdoing should speak for all the honest people who work and volunteer there.
"In any organization there's always bad seeds and good seeds." Smith said, "Just because of a bad seed, should an organization have to suffer? I don't think so. It won't be fair."
Around Black Friday you'll start to see all those red kettles and the bell that chimes with it. When Conner Miller drops money into those kettles, he thinks of all the children that do without, and how that affects them at school.
Miller said, "Some families can't afford that special time around Christmas. When you're in school that could kind of lead to bullying or something like that. It's always good to donate so every kid can have a little something."
The dinners, the toy drives, and all the homeless outreach work the Tamaqua Salvation Army does is what keeps Linda Cara donating wherever she sees a kettle.
"This is my community, and i love it. And there's people in need here, and all over." Cara said, "So if I see a red kettle at Walmart I usually try to give something."
Making sure one person doesn't ruin it for everyone else is what Smith is hoping keeps people donating.
He said, "One act of random kindness every day, hey, you never know what it could do."
The Tamaqua Salvation Army will launch their red kettle campaign next month. They are still looking for volunteers to help.