Tis’ the season to be jolly………….. Not only jolly but a time to give back to those who need help. I have been told many times that I am a selfless person yet I have never agreed completely with that statement. Today I had a selfless act that I was nervous about in the beginning but ended up being one of the greatest memories I will have.
Today I rang the bell for the Salvation Army. I have seen the bell ringers every Holiday Season in my life. You know the ones that stand outside the stores wearing the red apron ringing that loud annoying bell while standing by a red bucket they want you to put money in.
I always try to not make eye contact because I either don’t have money or I just do not want someone making me feel pressured to put money in that bucket!! Sometimes these people are just standing there, ringing that bell with no emotion on their face looking like they are ready to be done with all these people looking at them and other times it is that super friendly person smiling at you telling you Merry Christmas (I think how can someone be so cheerful all the time).
Well today I got to be that cheerful “Merry Christmas” person ringing my bell. I was nervous at first, I am a shy person by nature but with my buddy Charlene at my side and her big personality we had a blast. We laughed, did dance routines, performed a kick line routine, almost hit people in the head with our bells and performed the hand jive to Jingle Bells. The main purpose of us being there was to raise money and we did, we filled our bucket but more than that, we found enjoyment.
We had the pleasure of putting smiles on so many people’s faces. We laughed and shared that laughter to those who were walking up with no emotion on their faces. We rc’d compliments for our enjoyment and time. We not only gave but equally rc’d peace, joy and love to those who saw us today.
Did you know that those who ring the bell are volunteers who give of their time to help benefit those in need? Did you know that all the money rc’d in those bright red buckets (or kettles) stays within the county it is rc’d in to help those in need in that county?
This little act performed became a big act, not just for me but for so many others.
I encourage everyone to add some joy to someone’s else’s life, you just might be surprised the enjoyment you get in your life. Merry Christmas!