Lagattolla: Bell-ringing a wonderful holiday experience
After spending a fulfilling two hours manning a Salvation Army red kettle Saturday afternoon in front of Ream's Elburn Market, I was greeted by Carol Alfrey from Conley Outreach. She came to retrieve the kettle, which was packed with donations from generous customers.
We took down the kettle, and Carol held it as we chatted for a few minutes on our way out. And still, customers continued to put in their donations. The sincere generosity was overwhelming, and being a bell-ringer was my favorite experience of the holiday season.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work two-hour shifts on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon in front of Ream's, which clearly is the best place to be during a holiday weekend in Elburn. Customers were lined up outside the doors at times, but they were happy and smiling, for the most part. And they also were eager to give to The Salvation Army.
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