A Reason to Ring

Dec 14, 2021 | by Alissa Clark

During the season of giving, who gives the most? Sure, we all decorate cookies for the office or wrap gifts to send across the country, but what about those who give their time?

Someone like Alexis has a very good reason for picking up a bell and ringing at a Salvation Army Red Kettle every holiday season. She’s been on the other side of the money that’s dropped into the kettle.

After college, she finally moved out of her parent’s house. Poor timing struck, however, and she found herself furloughed from her newly acquired full-time job. Finding money for rent, groceries, and gas became a battle she never thought she would face.

Her friend introduced her to The Salvation Army, and she felt a weight lifted off her shoulders as they helped her find assistance with all the struggles before her.

“The Salvation Army was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel for me. I just knew that after they helped me out of adversity, I couldn’t stand by and watch others go through the same thing.”

Her financial options for donating were still limited, but Alexis had the gift of time on her hands. She found out about volunteering to ring at The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles. It was the perfect option for her, a way to interact with her neighbors and help those in need in her community.

Now, recently married, Alexis and her husband make volunteering during the holiday season with The Salvation Army a tradition in their new family. It has brought them closer together and allows them to give back to their neighbors in need through only a couple of hours every holiday season.

“Occasionally you get that lighthearted person who, in the process of donating, is willing to exchange stories. It brings tears to my eyes hearing the struggles people go through, and they are still eager to donate and bring a smile to a child or family during the holidays.”

Alexis’s story is the kind that make the holidays special. It’s because of her dedication and commitment that Hope Marches On.

You can become one of the hundreds of Red Kettle volunteers this holiday season and bring hope to your community, click here to register and become a bell ringer this Christmas season.

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