UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
"The most heart wrenching part about it is they came to our church. On our church parking lot and stole the van right off our church parking lot," said Major Dan Ford of the Salvation Army in Waco.
The 15-passenger van wasn't a luxury for the Salvation Army it was a necessity.
A multi-purpose transportation system that is now gone.
"We take kids to camp, we bring kids to the Salvation Army for activities and such. We use it for extended day veterans and our shelter. We pick up food for our shelter," said Ford.
And most importantly for this time of year transporting bell ringers.
"We're not able to take as many bell ringers out so on and so forth. So we're having to make extra trips, spend extra gas. It's more costly," said Ford.
And with less kettles out in the community that could mean a shortage in donations.
A temporary 12-passenger van donated to the army may help get them by, but as soon as Christmas is over they'll be back to square one.
"Central Texas Iron Works, stepped forward and rented a van for us for the month which is very exciting but, uh, the month will be over, and we still won't have a van and we really don't have the finances to replace the van," said Ford.
If you'd like to help, the Salvation Army is accepting donations.
You can find out more at: www.salvationarmytexas.org