Schnucks to allow Salvation Army bell ringers to return for holidays

Salvation Army bell ringers and their iconic red kettles will return to Schnucks stores this holiday season.

Schnucks said Thursday that it was granting an exception to its no solicitation policy, allowing the Christian charitable organization to conduct its annual fundraising drive from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 at area stores.

The Maryland Heights-based grocery chain was criticized by customers when it announced its ban on solicitors in August. The ban still applies to other groups.

The Salvation Army collects more than $800,000 each holiday season outside of the nearly 100 Schnucks stores in the five states the grocer operates. Because of the solicitation ban, the organization was poised to make cutbacks to some services.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Columbia Missourian

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