My son and I noticed the Salvation Army bellringer at the market had an almost empty bottle of Coke at her feet when we entered the store. We bought a fresh, cold bottle and gave it to her on our way out of the store as we dropped some change in her bucket. The look on her face was priceless! Part confusion, part appreciation, part, "What is this for?" We wished her a Merry Christmas, and give her a big "thanks" for her contribution to the community and walked through the parking lot, with huge grins on our faces and a high-five when we got to the car. This stuff works! The giving to others was an even bigger gift to ourselves!
Every year, thousands of volunteers stand outside stores across the country in all kinds of weather---rain, sleet, snow, sun....ringing bells to draw attention to drop some change in their red buckets. The traditional red kettle is one of the first signs of Christmas, with millions of dollars collected each year to help needy families, seniors and the homeless. The donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys to families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. The volunteers that ring the bells for hours at a time are an integral part of the success of this program.
This Random Act of Kindness is dedicated to sweet Daniel Barden, born September 27, 2005. To learn more about Daniel and the other angels of Sandy Hook Elementary, please go to: http://mysandyhookfamily.org.
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