The Salvation Army is not a new charity for me. Every year while shopping I would drop some change in their familiar red kettle and wish the volunteer bell ringer a 'Merry Christmas'.
Occasionally when I clean out closets or de-clutter the house, I throw the items in a box and arrange to have the Salvation Army pick up the box(es).
This year I had a new experience with the Salvation Army. I was a volunteer bell ringer! Our church arranged to ring the bells over several hours and asked for volunteers for 30 minute intervals. My daughter and I took one of the slots.
First, we are thankful that it was a warm day - we didn't even need our coats. We greeted everyone we saw with "Merry Christmas" and got lots of smiles, thank yous and Christmas greetings in return. A large percentage of the people coming and going stopped to add to the kettle. Some with a few coins and some with $5 bills. At one time we even had 4 people standing in line to add to the kettle. What a great thing to see with the economic hardships we hear of every day.
It was especially heartwarming to see children putting in a few coins. Kudos to the parents who are bringing them up to give to others. Charity does begin at home.
I was curious as to how the red kettles came about and found this article describing the founder.
And as promised - here is another Christmas card design.
This card was based on an original designed by my niece, Jamie. Using the Gorgeous Grunge "splatter" I made a tree of Old Olive. I added some Cherry Cobbler stars and the sentiment. This is mounted on some Cherry Cobbler DSP and then the Old Olive card base. A fun card and no two would be exactly the same.