I just returned home from “ringing the bell.” Sometimes, when I put on that red Salvation Army apron, I feel like I am putting on a big sign that says, “I have the plague.” It is amusing to see people put their heads down or walk a few extra steps out of their way to avoid “the bell ringer.”
We, the bell ringers, realize that not everyone can give, for a myriad of reasons but a nod, a smile or a hello is always appreciated. It’s frequently a cold, maybe damp day and keeping warm can be a problem but it warms our heart when we’re acknowledged.
So the next year, when you encounter one of us, put a smile on your face; that alone can be a gift!
On the plus side, one kind lady gave me a hot chocolate and a hug! That was “warming” in more ways than one! And thanks to those trusting people who put their donation in “the hat,” since Salvation Army was late getting the kettle delivered.