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Help pouring in after Salvation Army donations were stolen

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It was a crime caught on camera: two men breaking into a Salvation Army location and stealing money in those red kettles.

Many of you who saw our story earlier this month have decided to act and help the Salvation Army.

As soon as we aired the surveillance video of the suspects breaking into the building, people began calling the church -- some donated hundreds, others donated thousands.

The video of the suspects accused of stealing the donations really struck a nerve.

"I don't think they're sorry. I think unfortunately, sometimes you get the bad with the good," said Delene Mahoney.

All week long, people like Mahoney have been dropping off donations, trying to replace the $2,000 stolen.  That money was supposed to buy Christmas gifts for those who are less fortunate.

Mahoney and her husband donated $250.

"More money goes donations to Salvation Army, to the people who need it, some of the other donation areas they don't get all the money," she said.

"Many people.. they saw the news.. people start to call us and they try to help us," said Salvation Army Capt. Aeran Oh.

Oh never imagined so many people -- complete strangers -- would come forward to help.

"Wow, we have hope.  We have hope in our community," she said.

On Friday, the Board of Rabbis is also donating a $4,000 check.

"It puts a smile on my face that a group of rabbis can help to bring Santa Claus into more people's homes for Christmas morning," said Rabbi John Linder of Tempe Solel.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers will volunteer and ring the Salvation Army kettle bell on Saturday.  The community's generosity brings Capt. Oh to tears.

"My heart was cold.  After I receive many phone calls, my heart became warm and had hope," she said. "Before I was cry with sad heart and later on cried with thankful heart."

Police arrested one of the suspects, but they're looking for another.  If you have any information about this case, call the Glendale Police at 623-930-3000.

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