On Saturday afternoon, some of our church and community members did our annual bell ringing for Salvation Army in Mason City.
There were 21 of us, ringing bells at seven doors across the town for two hours.
The first thing we all do each year is to eat lunch together at a fast food restaurant near where we are going to work.
Jim and I had (and have!) the privilege of buying everyone's meal.
Jim had a Salvation Army story that warmed his heart toward the organization.
Many times I heard his retelling of being stationed in New Jersey while serving in the Army. Several of his buddies and Jim had gone to New York City for the weekend. While there, someone stole Jim's billfold. Without money and identification, Jim began to check out non-profit organizations for help. Stop #2 took him to their local Salvation Army.
Could or would they help Jim?
Yes, they would!
One Salvation Army person walked with Jim to the bus station to purchase his ticket for his trip back to base. They also gave him $3 to buy something to eat (early 1960s; money went a bit farther).
As he boarded the bus, he asked his helper, "How do I repay you?"
The answer, "You don't! Just remember us when you see our red kettles."
Thus our generosity with lunches; organizing bell ringing.
The Bible says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)
Jim needed to receive. Then when the opportunities presented themselves to give, he/we gave and give.