The customers in front of Safeway were very generous. I tried not to look while they put money in the bucket, but some donated $20 bills. I was amazed by the generosity, especially in this economy. My favorite part was handing out candy canes to the children because I love children. The funniest part was when a mom brought her three young children to the store and you could see she was struggling a bit. Our chaperone, Tony, said, "It looks like you need some candy canes." and she exclaimed, "No! please, no! Do you hate us?!" and she smiled. I know I was giggling because my mom is a kindergarten teacher and I could relate to her not wanting to sugar up her kids.
When Christina arrived for her shift a little early, I immediately gave her the sash to wear since she had never done an appearance for the pageant and I wanted her to enjoy it for as long as she could. It is really fun representing such a wonderful organization, especially when you get to represent the Salvation Army as well! I was really happy to be a part of this event. I know people would have donated whether or not I was there, but maybe me smiling coaxed SOME people to donate! ;) The time flew by and I would do it again in a heartbeat!