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Bah Humbug! Belk Bans Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Townhall.com ^ | Dec 04, 2017 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 12/04/2017 9:16:50 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom

Belk has given Salvation Army bell-ringers and their iconic red kettles the heave-ho — just in time for the Christmas season..

The national department store chain will no longer allow Salvation Army volunteers to man kettles outside their stores — a move that is expected to result in a $1 million drop in donations.

“It’s a huge impact for us,” Salvation Army Lt. Rob Dolby told the Todd Starnes Show. “Those funds go to operate Christmas programs serving tens of thousands of kids.”

Dolby works with the Salvation Army in Anderson, South Carolina. He said the money dropped into those kettles also funds the operation of shelters, addiction and treatment facilities and youth programs.”

The Salvation Army said they were told the department store ban had something to do with a change in Belk’s “social consciousness.”

“We believe that a lot of Belk’s customers align with the Salvation Army’s views. We believe in saying ‘Merry Christmas’ because we believe Jesus is absolutely the reason for the season,” Dolby told the Todd Starnes Show.

So why — after all these years – did Belk decide to stuff the Salvation Army’s kettles with a lump of coal?

A company spokesman told me they decided to go in a different direction with a new “social impact program” as part of their “Home for the Holidays” campaign. And by holiday — I’m assuming they mean Christmas (but who knows?).

Belk has decided to partner with Habitat for Humanity International to raise $600,000 to build a house.

“There is great power in all our Belk associates and customers rallying around one cause – and we really want to focus all of our efforts on this impactful campaign,” the Belk spokesman told the Todd Starnes Show.

Certainly, Habitat for Humanity is a noble effort — but what harm is there in allowing the Salvation Army to set up kettles outside the department stores?

“The Salvation Army does a lot of important work in the community — and perhaps there will be opportunities to partner with them in the future,” the spokesman said.

To help offset the losses — the Salvation Army has set up a website where you can lend a helping hand..

Belk certainly has the right to kick the Salvation Army to the curb – but that does not make their decision right.

I just can’t imagine what the folks in charge were thinking — especially for a company that advertises itself as “Southern.” Maybe they’re under new management — “Potter, Scrooge and Grinch, Esq.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: belk; christmas; salvationarmy; waronchristmas
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This was something Bill O'Reilly was really good at, shaming these companies in their war on Christmas. Belk was local to us when we lived in Georgia and I'm really surprised they would pull a stunt like this.
1 posted on 12/04/2017 9:16:50 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

What is a Belk and why would I want to patronize it? I’m serious, I’ve never seen or heard of this chain in all my travels through the US.


2 posted on 12/04/2017 9:19:01 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Why couldn’t they keep the SA bell ringers and still build their crappy HFH house?


3 posted on 12/04/2017 9:20:51 PM PST by clintonh8r (I've been banned from TheHill.com. #Proud)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

A Salvation Army worker sadly got killed in Ohio. I think maybe the dirtbag culprit thought the uniform he was wearing meant he was a cop. That’s just my speculation.

http://www.whio.com/news/national/police-man-killed-salvation-army-worker-stole-vehicles/IpsHih5DQryxBc8kfKV4PP/


4 posted on 12/04/2017 9:22:15 PM PST by BeadCounter
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

http://wlos.com/news/local/belk-reverses-decision-on-salvation-army-bell-ringers-at-waynesville-location


5 posted on 12/04/2017 9:23:25 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists Call 'em what you will, they all have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Spktyr

Bell is a Kohls clone. I bouight a belt there once.


6 posted on 12/04/2017 9:24:05 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: LonePalm
This is surprising. Isn't Belk based in North Carolina, and has stores throughout the South? (I've never been in one so far)

Is Belk run by a bunch of lefties??

I donated $$ to some nice Salvation Army bell ringers just last week at our local Stop & Shop (equivalent to Publix).

7 posted on 12/04/2017 9:26:15 PM PST by nutmeg (Trump/Pence 2020)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

I detest these charitable programs devised by companies to appear generous. They ask customers and employees to donate small amounts of cash, which the company pools and distributes under its own name - and presumably claims a deduction on their taxes.


8 posted on 12/04/2017 9:27:06 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (When your business model depends on slave labor, you're always going to need more slaves.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
In Indianapolis some years back, the usual union folks sued Walmart for allowing the Salvation Army bell ringers to stand near the doors, but did not allow the union protestors (trying to force Walmart to unionize) to be near the doors. They had to be at the sidewalk beyond the parking lot, over 100 yards away. The union goons won the lawsuit, with the judge deciding that Walmart cannot discriminate between causes... so Walmart did the only logical thing - they told the bell-ringers that they could not be near the doors anymore, and the Walmart corporation gave the Salvation Army a nice hefty donation directly. I don't recall the year, but it must have been about 20 years ago.

Leftists ruin everything.

9 posted on 12/04/2017 9:29:37 PM PST by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Spktyr
It's a department store in the southeast.

http://find.mapmuse.com/map/belk

I had never heard of them before the Belk Bowl a couple of years ago.

10 posted on 12/04/2017 9:29:51 PM PST by KarlInOhio (The Whig Party died when it fled the great fight of its century. Ditto for the Republicans now.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Havent we found out that SalvationArmy is slimy with other people’s money?

Maybe Belk heard too ~~~~~


11 posted on 12/04/2017 9:29:54 PM PST by PraiseTheLord (-.-)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Did you mean “Belk is a Kohl’s clone”? Typo forgiven.

How about the next sentence with a little editing?

“I bought a Belk belt there once”.

In Alaska you would be saying “I bought an Elk belt there once”.


12 posted on 12/04/2017 9:31:55 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Salvation Army is one of the few good charities. Bye bye Belk.


13 posted on 12/04/2017 9:33:45 PM PST by Lazamataz (The "news" networks and papers are bitter, dangerous enemies of the American people.)
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To: PraiseTheLord

No, just the opposite.


14 posted on 12/04/2017 9:38:12 PM PST by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
I vaguely remember a department store near me here in Florida called Belk-Lindsey. This was a couple decades ago. Never heard of them since....although I think they may have a couple stores left in the Sunshine State.

The Salvation Army should write this creepy corporation off and give them no more publicity. Banning the bell ringers is just another corporate attack on Christianity, Christmas and Christ.

Leni

15 posted on 12/04/2017 9:39:18 PM PST by MinuteGal (MAGA !!!)
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To: Lazamataz

http://wlos.com/news/local/belk-reverses-decision-on-salvation-army-bell-ringers-at-waynesville-location


16 posted on 12/04/2017 9:44:07 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists Call 'em what you will, they all have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: nutmeg

The Belk family sold the stores at the end of 2015 to
Sycamore Partners, a New York private equity group.

The stores have gotten a lot junkier since then. My local Belk went from being a nice store to looking more like a Marshall’s or Ross.


17 posted on 12/04/2017 9:44:16 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Sounds like the Belk family let too much control flow to others and this is the result.


18 posted on 12/04/2017 9:45:25 PM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory !!)
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To: rockinqsranch

Hmm...sounds like they got some heat. Good.


19 posted on 12/04/2017 9:48:48 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

>> This was something Bill O’Reilly was really good at, shaming these companies in their war on Christmas.

Exactly.


20 posted on 12/04/2017 9:52:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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