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November 25, 2012

The Sound of the Bell Ringers
comes at this time of year, when the Salvation Army kicks off their kettle season to try and drum up money for their cause. The Salvation Army is a church and lots of folks don't realise this, they think it is just an organisation that helps people and drunks. Well that's true to, but the church, or most churches do help people and people say the Salvation Army does the most good.

This is my church and my family and I go to the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center Corps in Dorchester. I told my Corps officer I wanted to ring the bell Saturday at the Sears Dedham Mall and he was very happy to oblige.

So yesterday there I am all bundled up ringing the bell playing Christmas Carols on my boom box, saying thank you and wishing donors a Merry Christmas. It was a great feeling. There were special moments were a man walked up and said I have to donate, because the Salvation Army helped me out one time, he had a tear in his eye. This made me feel good, but what really took me by surprise was two different times, a couple of young kids donated by throwing their dollars in the kettle. One instance was two young boys one about 8 years old and the other about 12. I asked the younger boy if he wanted to try ringing the bell, but he said no thanks. Then two young girls, both about the same age, maybe thirteen, came out of the store, one pushing a shopping cart with the other in it. When they saw me they cried for joy and said we want to give. It was very funny watching these two chatting and having a good time sticking there dollars in the slot on the kettle. I asked them if they wanted to ring the bell. They were more than happy to. They took turns ringing the bell and yelling donate to the Salvation Army, Merry Christmas! I was feeling very happy at the sight of these to young girls having a good time and that they knew what giving was really all about. This made my day. After that I was asking all the small children that came up with their parents if they wanted to ring the bell and it sure made everyone smile. I cant wait to see the next time I get a chance to enjoy the Christmas Spirit... :)

1 year 10 months ago

Awesome, Jeffrey, just awesome! I, too, anywhere I go, love to put money in the big red pot....and you are right, your church does a lot of good and is a really good charity to give to. I love to hear about children giving....that means they have good parents!

1 year 10 months ago

Thank you for your great idea! & service. We are blessed in this country to have a bit of money left over for charity. I believe wholeheartedly that we are to serve as God's hands. Where would we be without Christmas?

1 year 10 months ago

Thanks for this revealing and inspiring post, Jeffrey! The Salvation helped me over 40 years ago and many others which I have referred to them in the years since. They truly exemplify the Spirit of Christmas and Christian Charity and I, too cannot pass a bell-ringer without a felling of gratitude and putting whatever I am able into the kettle.

1 year 10 months ago

Out here in CA a couple of years ago, Target had stopped the SA from allowing the red kettles and bellringers to stand out in front of their stores(of course it's here on the left coast). Made me double down on the Christmas donation to SA. Nice post, Jeffrey and keep ringing those bells for the Salvation Army. An Early Merry Christmas to all!

1 year 10 months ago (Edited)

jeffrey, what an inspiring post, that is what it is all about. I also ring the bell for my church and my grandchildren always want to go and ring. You are giving them the meaning of giving and helping others and what a gift you bring. Thanks for sharing.

1 year 10 months ago

Jeffrey, the Salvation Army is my favorite charity and always has been. That red pot symbolizes the true meaning of Christmas....sharing with those who are most in need. Your act of kindness affects so many people and demonstrates how just one person can make such a huge difference! You are a true angel to many and I will pray that your efforts affect many families in a huge way. God bless your efforts!

1 year 10 months ago

Excellent post and thank you for sharing your spirit of giving. I also favor SA over any other group and this is where my little contributions go. Yesterday while at the local Walmart, bell ringers were at both doors... so I entered one and exited the other, dropping a little something in both pots. Couldn't help but notice both were full to the point of having to stuff my part in!

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1 year 10 months ago

Hi Cynthia! It's so good to hear from you. I hope you are doing well and you will be staying with us again. Welcome home... :)

1 year 10 months ago

Loved reading you story, my first thought was that it was written in the 70's with the mention of the "Boom"box and the joy of the persons donating, I have not seen the bell ringers for years. I miss them, God Bless You and all that do.

1 year 10 months ago

Hi Jeffrey! You are all an inspiration to me and I have missed you as well....I am going to try to put my two cents in when I can. I feel that members in this group were brought together for a reason....and each one of us is making a difference in some way. Our efforts may at times seem insignificant....but as God knows how many hairs are on each one of our heads....none of our good deeds will go unnoticed.

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1 year 10 months ago

I'm happy you're back. Our love for the Lord is what Rules For Radical Moms has built it foundation on. Thank you Cynthia ♥

1 year 10 months ago
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