The Red Kettle Man

Walking towards the grocery store in the December wind, we heard the familiar bell of a Salvation Army Volunteer.
“What’s that sound?” asked my five-year old grandson.
“He’s called a volunteer.” My teenager replied. “He collects money for people who don’t have anything.”
My grandson looked up at me and asked, “Beebee, can we give them something?”

“Sure,” I said, reaching for some change.
He smiled as he listened to the coins jingling into the red kettle.
“God Bless you!” the older man said as we walked by.

“He already has.” replied my grandson.

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13 Responses so far »

  1. 2

    God, bless the children. Hold them tight.

  2. 3

    rebecca2000 said,

    So sweet. Tonight at dinner I said to my daughter, “My goal as a mommy is to have you guys love Jesus and you two (Hunter and Courtney) to love each other.” She looked at me and said, “Mommy you have accomplished both of those things. I couldn’t love either more than I do, though Hunter makes it tough because he can be SO annoying!” It was a sweet and funny moment on such a sad day.

  3. 5

    Great response and so true. May we never forget that.

  4. 6

    Sandra Bennett said,

    Sweet and so true !

  5. 7

    hold them close Brenda, love and enjoy every moment and make beauitful memories with them, we never know do we when that is all they may have us. love and hugs my friend ((xx))

  6. 9

    beebeesworld said,

    I remember my Andrew used to say the sweetest blessings at supper when he was 6 or so-how God could take him and everything else I lost-or lets put it like this -for those of you who make excuses for God, “How God could ALLOW him to be taken and my health, faith and so much more, I will never understand.” I try, as you can see. I put a little “sugar” in my grandsons comment, but he did say something like, “We have everything-I wonder what it is like not to have a house or food…” I won’t take away their hope that things will be right, but, as you can see everyday, and especially with events like what happened in the elementary school in Connecticutt, they are not.

  7. 10

    Wow, great one! The Salvation Army volunteers do such good work.

  8. 11

    Aww! Love it. He’s already on the right path.

  9. 12

    SomerEmpress said,

    That’s what I’m talking about! You are raising him well (along with his parents, I am sure). His awareness of his blessings gives me incredible hope for our/his future. Now, let’s clone him. :)


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