Last week I rang the bell for the Salvation Army. I have been ringing the bell for over 40 years. First I rang it with my husband who was a member of Kiwanis. Then for many years I rang it as a member of Zonta International. Now I am ringing it with the staff and volunteers of Bethany Good Samaritan. It is a pleasure and an honor to do this each holiday season.
I was at Brainerd Cub for an hour and I must have had five or six people stop and tell me how the Salvation Army helped them in the past. The most stirring story was a woman who experienced a home fire and the Salvation Army staff was there right away asking the family what they needed and how could they help them. They stayed connected to them until they knew they were safe and ok.
The story in the Dispatch about Fleet Farm really touched my heart and I have to say how much I admire their decision to change their original plans. Fleet Farm is one of our favorite stores and has been since we moved here in 1960. Before I retired I worked or volunteered for many nonprofits and often we would send a letter to Fleet Farm requesting a donation. They would always send something but they were so humble — never wanting to be acknowledged.
Thank you Fleet Farm and best wishes to the Salvation for a great holiday helping many folks.