To the Editor:
I just wanted to say thank you to all the dedicated Salvation Army volunteers who do bell ringing at Christmas time. The weather has been pretty cold lately and I really appreciate the kindness and caring of these volunteers. Over the years the Salvation Army has touched the lives of many Mainers in need.
Have you ever thought to ask one of these blessed people why they are volunteering to ring the bells? It’s amazing how many people have been touched by hardships in their own lives and chose to give back by volunteering.
If you take a moment and say hello to them instead of just walking by you’ll meet some of the kindest and most loving people. If you take a moment and ask why they are ringing the bells, you may hear the story of a brave person who overcame tragedy and hardship with the help of Salvation Army.
The thing is most people really appreciate this trustworthy organization and the great good they do in Maine.
Perhaps the rare grumpy grinch who complains about the bells simply has not been touched by the generosity and kindness of this organization. Chances are, most likely, these are some of the same grumpy grinches who seem to have lost touch with what the Christmas season is all about.
So what do you do if you meet one of the elusive, yet rare grumpy grinches while you are out spreading Christmas cheer? Here is a remedy that may work. First pour them a stiff cup of eggnog and encourage them to breathe deeply. Then give them a big hug under the mistletoe, stroke their fragile ego, and tell them to get over it because it’s Christmas.
They seem more manageable when surrounded by people with good hearts, common sense, and holiday cheer. Again perhaps they simply need to be hugged. If they don’t like hugs, give them more eggnog, and act out your favorite scene from “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Personally I love what Clarence the angel says about bells in “It’s a Wonderful Life:” “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” If that’s the case, keep ringing the bells because Maine needs all the angels we can get.
Keep up the great work Salvation Army volunteers.