Fashion Fair Mall, our regional shopping center, is not my favorite place, but for one day during the holiday season, I make my way there, park, and wend my way to the mall entrance to Macy’s where our church is responsible for the Salvation Army kettle.
It’s only a two-hour commitment. Terry and I do it together, and it’s over very quickly because we have such a good time. The little children are precious when they bring the money their parents or grandparents have given them to offer. We have candy canes for all givers, but the little ones just light up when we hand them the treat. Most kids who pass by look enviously at the bell I’m ringing. I’m tempted to offer them the chance to ring it, but I’m not too sure how the parent might feel about that.
We usually do an early morning shift and then have lunch at the food court in the mall. Unfortunately, Fashion Fair’s selection is pretty sparse. Today we chose Deli Delicious and shared a turkey and avocado sandwich.
Terry had a meeting afterwards so we had come in separate cars. When I got back to my primo parking space, there was a line of cars snaking through the parking lot. The lady who was behind me, waiting for a spot to open up, clapped her hands when I pulled out. Glad I made someone so happy.