Crystal Lake’s Kiwanis Club staffed the Salvation Army kettles at Walmart Saturday.
It was a great day.
Not 10 degrees above zero and no snow.
A man in his 40’s, accompanied by an older teen and a younger one, came up to me and said,
“I want to thank you for helping me.”
Not that I had anything to do with whatever help the Salvation Army provided besides ringing a bell for an hour.
Then the man put a $20 bill in the kettle.
The woman behind hear him, put in a large bill and said,
“Pay it forward.”
Made my day.
In other bell ringing news,
- McHenry County’s first South African Kugerand was dropped in a kettle in Fox River Grove Saturday (the first Kugerand donated in the nation was place in a Crystal Lake kettle)
- $31,240.27 was donated, the largest kettle day on the books in McHenry County
- Colonial Cafe pledged to match all contributions made yesterday up to $30,000 for the entire Fox River Valley
- the Salvation Army is over halfway over its goal of $200,000 in donations
- Christmas program just crossed over the 1,000 children mark on Saturday (not financed through kettle drive)