BEHIND THE BELL – Ninth Day of Ringing


Observations from 12 Days of Ringing the Kettle Bell for The Salvation Army
My ninth day of ringing the kettle bell brought an inside peak of our local Salvation Army Thrift Store.
The retail location I ring at was kind enough to move the kettle bell ringers inside the store during frigid temps, next to the Customer Service counter. For two days I rang there, while their employee behind the counter went through the content’s of the store’s ‘lost and found’ box, and carefully checked all the items against the log. Any item in the box for longer than a month was placed into a box labeled ‘donations.’ I overheard the employee wonder how she was going to fit in a stop to donate the store’s items. I offered to drop them at the local Salvation Army thrift store. She was thrilled.
Stopping by our local store was educational. As I waited to donate the lost hats and gloves, I struck up conversation with a volunteer in the back room. What I learned amazed me.
Proceeds from the Salvation Army Thrift Store benefit their Adult Rehabilitation Centers. The Centers help people get their lives back on track once they have lost control due to addiction or trauma.
Individuals can be connected to the Centers by family, friends, clergy or they can call The Salvation Army themselves and simply ask for an appointment. Intensive interviews are required to make sure the program is what they really need. A minimum of six months commitment is required.
The volunteer shared that many lives have been changed due to the Centers. She knew some of the stories personally. While she didn’t feel authorized to share any of the stories, the tears in her eyes told me enough.
Yet another way The Salvation Army meets the needs of a hurting world.
Do you have a Salvation Army story to hear. Please share in the comment section. It’s great hearing from you.
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“The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Each center offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment.” Courtesy of The Salvation Army website


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