I saw in the paper that thieves had stolen one of the kettles from a Salvation Army collection stand. I couldn't believe it - how could anyone do that?
It reminded me of when my children were all small. In those days, the bell ringer was always dressed as Santa. We had a tradition to put coins in every kettle we saw. I kept plenty in my purse and whenever the children saw the Santa, they would take some coins and each would drop them in the kettle. They were always so excited and would grin from ear to ear. It was one of the things that made each of them so willing to give to help others.