In an article in TODAY newspaper last year, I read that the Salvation Army needed more bell ringers to stand by the kettling pots outside shopping centres. To me, fewer kettling pots simply meant less money for the needy; it was something sad to even think about.
I decided I could volunteer my time and asked around if any of my friends were interested. At the end of this short exercise I managed to get my best friend on board with me.
Last year, we did about three kettling sessions together at Bishan Junction 8 and Suntec City. This year, we completed another three evenings outside Far East Plaza. Because of a work attachment overseas, we could not volunteer for more slots.
Kettling is not a daunting task at all. There are people I know who want to volunteer but feel shy about doing so. These are some things my best friend and I do:
- ring the bell,
- smile at passers by,
- assist the public whenever needed (giving direction, pose for photos with curious passersby),
- explain what kettling is,
- thank donors when they drop in their money and
- enjoy ourselves! (we had the wonderful company of an adorable stray ginger cat this year)
~ Poh Choo