CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Professional Firefighters Association donated $6,000 to the Salvation Army on Wednesday.
Firefighters said the donation was intended to make up for thousands stolen from Salvation Army kettles last week.
Two men held up employees at a Salvation Army warehouse, stealing kettles from 13 south Charlotte locations. The Salvation Army said the thieves took between $3,000 and $4,000.
"Not only do firefighters every day save lives here in the community, but today they've saved Christmas for us and we're so very thankful," said Capt. Bethany Hawks with the Salvation Army.
Since last weekend's robbery, others have stepped up as well. The Salvation Army says one Charlotte woman raised $3,000 from friends.
The money couldn't come at a better time. The Salvation Army is trying to provide gifts for a record 13,000-plus kids and more than 2,000 seniors.
The men who stole the cash have not been caught.