WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Shoppers won't find a Salvation Army red kettle outside Mills Fleet Farm stores this year. The company has decided not to allow the charity's bell ringers to collect donations outside its stores.
Co-President Stewart Mills Jr. tells WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/tDrMBD ) the company will make a donation to the Salvation Army and has supported the charity in past years, but allowing bell ringers could open the floodgates to others who want to use the company's property.
Company Vice President Stewart Mills III says Mills Fleet Farm's 31 stores are giving individual donations to local Salvation Army chapters. He calls it a "win-win."
Captain Brian Goodwill of the Wausau Salvation Army branch expects the decision to impact its bottom line since the Fleet Farm stores generated high donations last year. Some shoppers say they understand the move, and will still make an effort to give at other stores where bell ringers are collecting for the cause.
Mills Fleet Farm is based in Brainerd, Minn., and has stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com
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