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Salvation Army reinstates man's bell ringing privileges after Beanie Baby giveaway

Cocoa, FL, September 10, 2004--Karen Henderson and granddaughter Chelsea Wise pose for the camera. They are helping serve meals for the Salvation Army at Byrd Plaza to residents affected by Hurricane Frances. FEMA Photo/Jocelyn Augustino By Jocelyn Augustino (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Cocoa, FL, September 10, 2004--Karen Henderson and granddaughter Chelsea Wise pose for the camera. They are helping serve meals for the Salvation Army at Byrd Plaza to residents affected by Hurricane Frances. FEMA Photo/Jocelyn Augustino By Jocelyn Augustino (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The Salvation Army has reinstated a man's bell ringing privileges in Wausau, after he raised suspicions by giving Beanie Babies to school kids. 

Police said the man was dressed as Santa Claus on Monday. He was on his way home from helping raise money for the Salvation Army's Red Kettles when he stopped at Franklin Elementary School in Wausau and gave kids Beanie Babies. 

The toys were returned, and the Salvation Army said the man could no longer ring bells for the organization. 

Wednesday, Salvation Army Lieutenant Melinda Tripp told Wausau's WAOW-TV that she believed the man did not mean any harm. She said bell ringers can hand out items, but only those approved by the Salvation Army -- and Beanie Babies are not on the list.  

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