PITTSBURGH (AP) – A longtime Salvation Army collector is struggling to adjust to an upcoming ban on such work at Pittsburgh’s International Airport.
The Allegheny County Airport Authority said all solicitations in the terminal will stop after Sept. 1, including the iconic Salvation Army red kettle. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported 72-year-old Marilyn Darnley had tears in her eyes Friday as she told frequent donors about the change. Darnley collected at the airport for 16 years and is the only year-round kettle collector in the region.
Airport Authority spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said some customers were uncomfortable with solicitations, and other airports have similar bans.
Salvation Army Maj. Paul Moore said he’s “kind of shocked” by the change. The charity likely can’t afford to employ Darnley without airport donations.