Behind the Bell – Fourth Day of Ringing


Observations from 12 Days of Ringing the Kettle Bell for The Salvation Army
My fourth day of ringing the kettle bell brought the story of N.K. and the story of her family’s immigration from Scotland. N.K.’s daughter shared highlights of her mother’s story with me, face-to-face, and gave me verbal permission to share it with you as testimony to The Salvation Army’s assistance programs.
It was shortly after World War I. N.K.’s father had immigrated to the U.S. ahead of the family. He wrote and told N.K.’s mother that he had found employment and a house for them. So N.K.’s mother brought their five children and herself over by boat. Unfortunately, there was no job or house. N.K.’s mother was familiar with the work of an organization from Great Britain and she turned to them for help, when she came upon them in western Michigan…
The Salvation Army.
The family was moved from the homeless shelter to temporary housing, given clothing and even Christmas dinner and presents for all.
N.K. began working for The Salvation Army. She was still volunteering for them, sorting donated clothing, until she passed at the age of 102.
“The story of The Salvation Army Christmas was re-told every year,”, remembers N.K.’s daughter. “All of N.K.’s children were taught to donate to every red kettle they passed. Our mother led by example.”
Your example of thankfulness lives on through your children, N.K.
Do you have a Salvation Army Christmas story? Please share in the comments below.
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“During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.
As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.
These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time. They also provided writing supplies, stamps, and clothes-mending for the men.
The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”” (Courtesy of The Salvation Army blog)


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