We continued our WOMC tradition of manning Salvation Army kettles all over metro Detroit this past weekend. This has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. And it really makes me respect those bell-ringers I see on a regular basis where I shop. Even though it was a moderate day I was chilly and stiff after my two-hour shift.
Even if you don't have cash or have already donated for the year, please say Hi or smile at the bell-ringers. They get ignored a lot. And while we're out there ringing we realize that not everyone is going to donate so you don't need to avoid us, or slink away.
I did notice a few consistent things while out there ringing:
1. Kids LOVE to donate. They get such a kick out of stuffing money through that X in the barrel.
2. Birmingham police officers and fire fighters don't wear coats.
3. The Kroger employee who brings in the carts NEVER gets a break.
4. Winking is still a thing. I would have preferred a smile or a nod, but I guess any acknowledgement is a good thing.