Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Balcony Girls: Come On Ring Those Bells!
Bell Ringing Take One. Our family loves to "Ring Those Bells" during the Christmas season and we already have the date set on our December calendar, but the Balcony Girls really wanted to ring bells too. Of course on the date we chose, a few were unable to attend, but our small but mighty enthusiastic crew covered two sets of doors at a grocery store on one of the busiest days of the year; the Monday before Thanksgiving.
Did I mention that it was "Free Turkey Day!" It is the day when if you buy a ham you get a free turkey. Lets just say the crowd was bustling. During our three hour shift, the girls were enthusiastic, crazy silly, and very festive. There was singing; Gobble Gobble Turkey Song, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and some form of Turkey Blessings.
When another mom showed up to lend support and brought extra kids along, the competition between the two Red Kettles grew intense. I was just thrilled that all it took to "wind" this crew up was Hot Chocolate and Cookies! I'm sure the Kettles were getting more action due to the cute factor of these girls. Charm might be deceiving, but when you use it support a good cause it can't be all that bad can it?
Nothing brings you greater joy than giving back and, to see the faces of the balcony girls that afternoon, you could tell they were catching that spirit of giving.
My takeaway from the day is that next month when I ring bells - I'm wearing my snow boots! My tootsies were cold even if my heart ands spirit were overflowing with warmth and joy.
Of course it was freezing. Windy. Cold.