Monday, December 24, 2012

Salvation Army Bell Ringing w/ the Miss Sonoma County Program

On Saturday, I participated in a bell ringing in Santa Rosa as part of the Miss Sonoma County court, which benefitted the Salvation Army. As you can see from the picture, it was really bright! The weather was a little odd. It wasn't too cold but during my three hours ringing the bell with Kaela, it rained twice but only for about 5 minutes at a time. But it poured!

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! 

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