Your Views: Red kettle volunteerism opens eyes about spirit

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Only the Salvation Army could lay claim to a title like “An Army of People Helping People.” Consisting mostly of volunteers with very few paid employees, the Salvation Army’s accomplishments are massive and include meals for the poor; coats, shoes, boots, hats and gloves for those without; Toys for Tots; and the list is still growing. This is all funded by local donors, including many local churches and retail stores, along with the red kettle Christmas campaign.

Being retired, I felt obligated to contribute my share to society. I signed up as a bell ringer and soon discovered this to be one of the greatest heartfelt experiences of my life! Many people had physical problems in getting to the kettle, but they came anyway. Many had worn and scant clothing, but they happily threw what they could in the kettle. I bid them “God bless you and merry Christmas.”

What a tremendous outpouring this was from the working people in the Janesville area. I exclaimed to many who came to the little red kettle that they are the backbone and spirit of America because they gave from their hearts instead of their pocketbooks.



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