“People are just amazed at what happened to a charity like ours,” said Reckline, a former police officer in Baltimore. “People . . . are very, very outraged that someone would . . . do something like that.”
The stolen money, meant for those who need help paying for Christmas presents, rent, food and heating bills, was taken from a safe and 11 of the familiar red kettles used to collect donations.
Goldstein said he learned of the burglary Sunday while preparing to argue before the Supreme Court on Monday morning.
He decided then that he wanted to make the donation, believing that it “would genuinely be helpful to somebody.”
“And that’s all you can ask for. . . to find out people are in need and do some small thing to help them,” he said.
Goldstein said he wanted to deliver the check himself, but there was that whole appearance before the justices — his 31st. So he had the check delivered to the Salvation Army’s office, “probably while I was in the court,” Goldstein said.
“I didn’t want them to have to worry about what would happen over the course of the week and into the weekend,” he said.
Wal-Mart officials also have contacted the Salvation Army and pledged to donate $15,000. That money will go toward the Angel Tree program, which matches donors with children whose families can’t afford to buy gifts or clothing during the holidays, Reckline said.
Police said there have been no arrests in the burglary, which also hit the nonprofit group So Others Might Eat. It lost two computers, two cameras and $700 in bus tokens.
A spokeswoman for that charity said that at least one person said a donation was made after a news report about the break-in.