My mother never spoke of her life during WWII, which included being sent to an internment camp as a teenager along with her family, except during the holidays. Each time we passed a red kettle from The Salvation Army my mother would deposit whatever extra money she had in her purse and tell me, “They helped my family get settled after the war.” That was the extent of the conversation and I honestly didn’t need to hear anymore. I could tell how grateful she was decades later.
Now that the holidays are here, and she is gone, I travel toward the sound of The Salvation Army bell-ringer in search of a red kettle to help others and carry on her tradition.
PS: Today is Giving Tuesday which encourages people to give back during the holidays. To whatever charity you like, in whatever way you can, give back to others.
Photo Credit: The Salvation Army website