Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 2:11 pm

Letter: Bellringer recommends the experience to others

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Just finished a two-hour volunteer shift for The Salvation Army Red Kettle in front of the HyVee on the Avenue of the Cities.

I've done it several times in the past but had to miss it last year. It didn't take too long today to remember why I volunteer.

The several God Bless yous and watching the young children get excited dropping change into the kettle refreshed my memory.

A lady stopped to put some money in the kettle and shared her story of how the Salvation Army had helped her family for a time and that she never passes a kettle without putting some money in it. Ringing the bell and wishing people Merry Christmas is an experience that I would recommend.

Bill Gabbard,
Silvis