Salvation Army Bell Ringing Fun

December 25, 2012 | Posted By: Heather Stephens | Categorized in: FatWallet
FatWallet gave all of us an opportunity to give back last week as bell ringers for the Salvation Army outside of our local Walmart and Walgreens stores. It was a new experience for myself (and many others I believe) that I'm so glad I had. Here are a few fun photos, funny stories, and thoughts about the experience from those of us who remembered to document the event with a photo!

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Salvation Army Bell Ringing Fun

Carmelina & Laura:

"Laura and I came back from ringing at the Walgreens and a lot of people gave which was nice!

We do want to share the best part older gentlemen said to us "have fun least you get out of school for this!". Sure, we'll take that! He just gave US a great gift ;)"

Brandon & Andy:

"Actually, my mom walked right passed us and went into Wallgreens. I told Brandon, "I'm pretty sure that my mom just walked passed us!" I went inside and double checked and it was! She said she saw Brandon but didn't even look at me. Avoiding bell ringer eye contact I think. We all had a great laugh."

Carmelina & Joe

"Joe and I had a BLAST! We laughed, we danced, we sang, but most of all we learned a little bit about people and and about ourselves!"


"My favorite memory from ringing the bell was seeing the geniune want to give from the people passing by. From the older gentleman throwing in his leftover change to the two college kids coughing up what they had left in their pockets - it touched my heart. I thought I'd see more people ducking their heads down or avoiding eye contact with us, but majority of the people stopped to give or say Merry Christmas. It was a wonderful feeling!"

Melissa & Ryan

"It was very interesting to me that our first givers were a very young boy (age 6 or 7) and an old lady carrying a cane. This just shows that people can be caring at any stage of life. When you are young you give unconditionally and when you are old you become wise and you understand the importance of giving as a whole. Regardless of age, it shows that humanity is still caring and thoughtful regardless of all of the negativity the media projects."

Mitch & Brad

"If it wasn't for FatWallet I wouldn't have been there, so I appreciate that they made it possible for us to be able to help a good cause like the Salvation Army!"

Ryan & Erin

"The moment that I thought was especially touching was when an elderly person walked past Erin and I and then came back carrying groceries in both hands that she had to set down just to take the time to donate. She mentioned that she had been to Wal-Mart earlier in the day and had already left $5 but thought it was important enough to donate again. I thought that was pretty remarkable."

"My favorite moments are when parents give their little toddlers money to put in. They try so hard to get those quarters and pennies and nickels to fit in the little slot with their chubby little fingers. The best part is that they don't quit until every last piece of change is in there. I always wish more adults gave as dedicatedly as children do."

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December 26, 2012 | Posted By: Myla
Thank you for posting this, and thank you Fat Wallet for allowing / encouraging the participation.

Last year I started a new tradition of carrying a stack of one dollar bills and giving one EVERY time I passed a bell ringer. I love it! This year, as I approached the first bell ringer of the season at WalMart on black Friday, there was a group of women walking out of the store. One commented to the others, "I can't give to them every time I see one." I smiled at the bell ringer and said "I can." It was ironic that she made that comment just as my tradition was about to begin.

And so, to my fellow Fat Wallet readers - I challenge you to join my tradition for this worthy cause. Oh, and when the bell ringers thank you for your donation, please remember to thank them too for their support and volunteering their time.
December 26, 2012 | Posted By: DavidHHH
While I'd like to support any effort to help the less fortunate, it's important to understand that the Salvation Army is a virulently anti-gay organization. They refuse to allow ownly gay people to work for them and also refuse services to people they discover are gay. In fact, they tried to get the Bush II administration (and unsuccessfully, the Obama administration) to exempt them from states' anti-discrimination laws.

There are plenty of charities that don't discriminate. Please support those charities instead.
December 26, 2012 | Posted By: DavidHHH
Sorry to be a downer here on X-mas week, but it's important to understand who you're working for when you volunteer for them and what you're supporting when you give them money.
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