Why restrict Salvation Army's fundraising efforts at Giant stores?

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Thursday, January 13, 2011; 6:59 PM

Is Salvation Army waging a vendetta against the Giant Food grocery chain ["Giant's rule is blamed for less-full red kettles," Metro, Jan. 7]? They said the $270,000 raised outside Giant stores was 60 percent below what they raised the previous year. But there is no way to know if Giant or the sluggish economy is to blame for the shortfall.

Since the charity knew in advance that Giant was reducing the hours and weeks allowed to all nonprofit groups, the Salvation Army should have taken the opportunity to find other outlets instead of trying to bully Giant into reversing its policy.

Giant has been an unstinting community supporter and does not deserve to be pilloried in this manner. The Salvation Army likewise fills a major void in providing community services and would do well to concentrate on cultivating new resources as old ones dry up.

Rose Scott-Fituwi, Landover

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Giant's rationale in offering only token dates for the Salvation Army's holiday fundraising effort was weak at best. What other organization has responded to the needy as the Salvation Army has for decades? If sharing the access to Giant supermarkets was meant to provide access to other charitable groups, these groups didn't make it to my local Giant stores (Columbia, Dorsey Hall, Howard County). Where were the "other organizations"? Empty sidewalks were all I saw except when the Red Kettle was allowed to be there.

This year, the Grinch didn't steal Christmas from many of our indigent and needy local residents. Giant Food did.

Wallace Knapp, Ellicott City


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