Several WECT employees had the honor this week of ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Every year we take part in the Red Kettle Campaign, but for me, it meant a little more this year.
Coincidentally, just a few days before volunteering, I happened to catch a touching and meaningful story on the Today Show about Cecil Morris, a former drug addict who turned his life around - giving credit to the Salvation Army for making it possible.
Now – 13 years after becoming clean – Cecil works at an Alabama Salvation Army shelter as its chef. Last week he cooked Thanksgiving dinner for a thousand people, and will do it again on Christmas day.
His story was a timely reminder for me that the money so generously given at the kettles really does have a positive human impact.
What is donated truly helps change lives, and so often, when a life is changed, that person turns around - as Cecil Morris did - and helps many others make that same transition. That makes me feel good all over when I see those red kettles and hear the bells ringing.
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