This was year 5 of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army! We always ring on the skyway level in Downtown above Macys.
We started doing it after I heard a story about my Grandma's childhood. Her family was a poor Italian immigrant family living in a place called "the levee". Eventually the levee was forced to be evacuated and the place was burned down because of the poor living conditions. Anyhow, it came out at a family members funeral that if the Salvation Army hadn't been around, the children in her family wouldn't have had a Christmas at all. So, now I like to "give back" by ringing the bell once per year.
I must say, the girls charm people into dropping lots of bills into the kettle! They sang, handed out candy canes, danced, and just looked cute. We had a few $20's, a few $5's, lots of $1's, and barely any change. Good work, ladies!