Once again I find myself doing some volunteer work for the Salvation Army. This I am glad to do because of the fabulous work that they do with the down and out of our society. This year I was called in to replace some people who were down with the flu. Apparently it is really taking its toll this year.
Standing by the kettle is very interesting as one has the opportunity to do a little people watching. And also to see what they are buying for groceries. Some people buy a lot, and others just the necessities. But what is most interesting is how people react to the kettle. Some will avoid eye contact and hurry on by. Others will stop and say they have already given and for that they get a thank you for their support. But mostly people have been giving. The wonderful thing about the Salvation Army is all the money raised in the community stays in the community. It is also used for what it is designated.
But back to how people have been giving. For being in a time of economic recession, people have been very generous. Maybe it is because we are in a slow time economically that this is so. People see the need around them and a willing to give, even if it is only a little bit. Some people have told me that they give because the Army help them when they were in need. They wanted to give back to show their appreciation for the help that was given to them — this is what I was told by more than one person.
Standing by the kettle has been a unique experience and an aching back and sore feet is a small price to pay if someone’s life is made a little more cheerful by the generosity of a stranger.
Have a safe and happy Christmas this year!