"So, those kinds of calls we welcome, as well, to help local businesses raise money for the Salvation Army", Harvey said.
Let's just say Belk customers made a social impact of their own - many taking to Facebook and Twitter to voice their extreme displeasure over the bell-ringer ban.
Someone dropped a gold coin - valued at $145 - in a Salvation Army red kettle outside a west Omaha Hy-Vee Supermarket on Saturday. With this holiday campaign, we were hoping to drive awareness and fundraising for the important work of Habitat for Humanity, but when our customers speak, we listen.
The brooch is valued at almost $5,000, the Salvation Army said, and was donated through a kettle at Downtown Crossing on November 29.
Bell ringer Nicodemus Taylor encourages shoppers and passersby to donate even the smallest amount.
"If it was not for our volunteers and for our donors who support the Salvation Army, we would have to shut our doors", Sikes said.
So far the Salvation Army has received six of them.
"Each one of these boxes represent a family", said Hogg, "and what we found this morning was through several of these lines, they went down through and went through the toys in each box and just laid them down here on the floor and took what they wanted".
"The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of Belk over the years and we look forward to many more years of doing the most good in communities across the South", he said.
They would also appreciate volunteers to help with the sorting and wrapping on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12.
Belk plans to continue its "Home for the Holidays" campaign with Habitat for Humanity.