This kindness mission is always a bit tricky. You have to time it just right, order the hot chocolate extra-hot & then pray the bell ringers are at their post when you arrive! Our first stop was Hobby Lobby & alas, no bell ringer. Boo! But Sam’s & Walmart did not fail us. These folks were happy to see us coming with warm, chocolatey goodness on this cold night & we were thrilled to see their smiles!
How beautiful is this sweet lady? She’s been volunteering with the Salvation Army for 9 years now & said she looks forward to it every year! She said “I just love people…I love being around ’em & I love helping them!” She is a caregiver to her 93 year old father. I said “well, that is not an easy job” to which she responded “there’s no where else I’d rather be.” I told her she had one big, beautiful heart & she teared up and smiled. There are fingerprints of God’s grace all around us, folks…we just have to take the time to see them!
“Look for the little child everyone else forgets. Look for that hunchbacked old man no one else remembers. Look for the small, broken cracks in the world, in hearts, that would be easy to walk right by – and right there, slip in a little word that grows great courage.” ~Ann Voskamp
I know we get used to seeing the folks in red aprons at the holidays, but don’t let yourself grow numb to the good that’s happening at each of those red kettles. I read this on their website & it blew me away…
“The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.”
Wow! That’s good stuff!! So when you’re out shopping this year & you pass one of these kind folks…look them in the eye, drop them a smile, some change, or maybe even a treat!