15 Faces #5 – “I Am A Bell Ringer”
The fifth Installment of 15 Faces put me in the presence of a man named Erik M. My goal was to take a few images of a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. I chose a bell ringer for two reasons; First, I love what they do and how they change lives by collecting money to assist others in their lives. Second, I was curious as to why they do it. Now, granted, I did only ask one person, but his answer was perfect.
He does it because they helped him when he needed a little help. I don’t know his whole story, but, like all of us, he needed help and there was an organization to help him. Now he rings a bell for the next person in need. The loose change we put into the red kettles may seem seem insignificant, but by meeting Erik, I had the opportunity of meeting a person whose life was effected by the simple act of giving. The eyes you look into when you see a person ringing the bell near a little red kettle may well have been a life you helped. So enjoy the ringing as you enter a local store, it will change someone’s life!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!