Behind the Bell – Fifth Day of Ringing


Observations from 12 Days of Ringing the Kettle Bell for The Salvation Army
My fifth day of ringing the kettle bell brought the story of retired police officer, A.W. He is retired from the City of Holland (Michigan) Police Department. A.W. has given me permission to share his praise of The Salvation Army.
A.W. is a regular at the store I ring at. His dark blue ball cap and quick smile are a welcomed site on a slow morning.
One morning, A.W. had a question for me. “Do you know why I never pass the kettle without contributing?” he asked with his usual smile.
“No. Why?”
“I was a police officer for over 30 years. When we would respond to local incident’s, such as traffic accidents or severe weather, the Salvation Army was always there. They were armed with blankets and made sure the victims had a place to stay. They came with hot coffee and sandwiches for the responders. They are dependable, good people,” A.W. paused. “I will never pass your kettle without giving a little something…”
A.W., you contribute more than you know.
Do you have a Salvation Army story to share. Please post in the comment section below. I love hearing from you.
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“The Salvation Army is officially recognized by federal, state and local governments across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. As a relief organization within the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). The Salvation Army provides relief services to communities impacted by both natural and man-made disasters until the service is no longer needed by the community. When initiating a disaster relief operation, the first aim is to meet the basic needs of those who have been affected, both survivors and first responders. Even at this level, The Salvation Army’s workers are ministering in that they serve as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need.” (Courtesy of The Salvation Army website)


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