Come on Ring that Bell

December 15, 2011

I said I’d do it and I did it.  This week I volunteered with the Salvation Army to tend a kettle in the mall. 
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get a bell, so I downloaded an app for my smart phone.  What says Christmas like a bearded fat man , wearing a Santa hat, shaking his phone next to a kettle?
And it was an interesting evening.  I was surprised at those who wouldn’t meet my eyes, although maybe that had to do with the phone and Santa hat.  I noticed that the majority of those who gave were over forty or under fourteen.  Interesting.    The gifts ranged from a few cents to a twenty-dollar bill and for a number of people it wasn’t the first time this year they had put money in a kettle.
And there were a couple of highlights. An older gentleman came over and offered to buy me a coffee, an obviously Muslim couple, (she wore a veil) wished me a Happy Christmas and a number of people thanked me for the work that the Salvation Army does in the community.  Overall a good evening.
I said I’d do it. . . and I’ll do it again.    Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.