Friday, December 4, 2015

Ringing the bell

We have been committed to teach our children about generosity, service and kindness.  It's something we work on throughout the year but the Christmas season opens up all sorts of possibilities so we are taking advantage of that with different opportunities.  We contacted our local Salvation Army office a couple of weeks ago to ask to volunteer for a shift of bell ringing.  

I thought it would be tricky to find a shift that would fit our schedule but they basically gave us our pick of time because they have to pay a lot of the ringers.   So, when someone volunteers their time, they get priority.  I highly encourage you to do this with your family.  It was such a fun experience.  The shift was 3 hours and I questioned whether my kids would hang but they did.  They took one quick bathroom break towards the end but were out there there the rest of the time.  They sang.  They danced.  They cheered.  They clapped.  They got excited to see their friends.  And, Micah may or may not have asked people for money even though they were planning to walk right past us.  (You're welcome Salvation Army!)

If you do this, I highly encourage you to use social media to invite friends to come see you.  That made our time pass so quickly.  We even had friends dress up in Star Wars costumes and show up with light sabers AND a donation for The Salvation Army.  Our Facebook posts had friends texting us to see how long we were there.  It definitely increased the donations for our shift.  I tried to take pictures with all friends.  We had lots of church friends and teachers from Jonah's school stop by.  Jonah's teacher, Mrs. Evans came to see us and got so excited when she pulled up and the news trucks were there.  She was convinced they were there for us. 

It was a fun experience and something we will definitely do again.  They are supposed to call us today to let us know what our totals for our shift was.  We're grateful to our friends who came to support this great organization who does so much in our community.  

1 comment:

Amber said...

I'm calling this week about a shift!!! So much fun!!!


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