Isn't it amazing how many different symbols, smells and sounds are associated with Christmas?
Just walking through a shopping center or bakery brings so many thoughts and memories to mind.
One of my favorite sounds is the ringing of the bells as volunteers spend countless hours outside stores by The Salvation Army Christmas kettles.
Not only is it the sight of the smiling face or the sound of the ringing bell (or if Captain Debbie is there - her beautiful Christmas carol singing); but also the symbol of generosity of shoppers as they walk by and take the time to drop a coin or bill in the kettle.
Santa, I see the results that even the smallest donation makes in people's lives. I see the child receiving Christmas toys, the family having food to put on their table, the person get the help they need.
I guess my job is a little like yours, Santa. I get to take what others give and pass it on to those who need it most.
Instead of a red suit though, I'll stick to wearing the red shield.
Oh, and Santa, please let all those wonderful people who hear the bells and place money in the kettle know that they really are making a difference. They may not see it, but you and I do.
Please help by giving generously to the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army Santa Fund.
You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.