On Christmas Eve I was a bell ringer for the Red Kettle Drive. I spent four hours at the Market Fresh store in Beverly Hills (Michigan, not California!) and there were so many nice people. I was stationed in front of the entrance to a Starbucks and one older gentleman asked what I'd like in my coffee. When I said I don't drink coffee, he said how 'bout a hot chocolate? I gladly took him up on his kind offer! A woman asked me later on if I'd like something to drink but I had to pass since I couldn't exactly stop and use the restroom if I drank anything else!
The four hours went rather quickly as more and more people dropped money into the kettle. One man deposited two checks! Today I found out that I collected $508.79 !!!! Sadly, no one else came to ring after me -- who knows how much more money could have been donated that day.
Next year I'll definitely be ringing at that store -- lots of generous people make the time zip by and it's so worthwhile!