First, Ahold kicked the Girl Scouts from in front of Martin’s stores and, now, they’re limiting the Salvation Army’s ability to solicit donations in front of Giant Food stores during the critical holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Drive has depended on donations made by patrons who shop union at Giant Food stores. However, this year Ahold is limiting the number of days and hours charitable groups can raise funds in front of their Giant Food stores. According to Maj. Steve Morris, the Salvation Army’s area commander, “Of the $1.3 million in loose, cash and checks collected at red kettles last
holiday season, about $667,000 came from outside Giant stores in the greater Washington area.” (Washingtonpost.com for full story) This year the Red Kettle drive’s goal is to raise $3 million dollars. For more information on the Red Kettle drive and how you can set up or donate to online kettles click here.