Every time a bell rings

An angel gets his wings.

My favourite movie of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life and I try to watch it but once a year on Christmas Eve. But for me, today was like Christmas Eve and that wonderful scene where the community gathers – people from all walks of life – to support George Bailey in his time of crisis.

While I’ll resist the urge to draw a comparison between Bedford Falls and Salmon Arm, Potter and SC and all the good that can be done by a single person, I will say that it has been crisis mode for Salmon Arm and today represented for me, a close, of sorts, to that chapter. Or would it be preferable to say that I chose to shut the door on it as the last thing I want to do at Christmas is bicker with my neighbours. (Side note, my real neighbours are lovely – and I’d never bicker with them).

Today, you came together to support an important cause. We are so grateful to you for making a contribution to the local food bank on your way into the special meeting at City Hall. You gave over $500 and over 150 food items to those in need. And it’s the best Christmas present I ever got.

I heard from Second Harvest this evening and was really touched by their humble gratitude. Ironic isn’t it? We stood outside for an hour, once. They serve the hungry and the poor, the young and the old, the men and the women, twice a week, 52 weeks a year and she was thanking me. We’re the ones who should be thanking those dedicated volunteers. I tried. But she wouldn’t have it. She does it because it needs to be done. Not because she needs to be thanked. The true mark of a hero.

So, back to the movie and the bell. I brought a bell. Every time someone made a contribution. I rang it in thanks. And just like in the movie, a lot of angels got their wings today – the taxi driver, the cop, the bank examiner, the maid, the bartender, the war hero. Because on days like this, I remember it’s not about what we do for a living, it’s what we do to improve a life. So a toast to Salmon Arm, the richest town around.

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  1. […] Wallace, in Every time a bell rings on The Blahgg Blog, reflects on standing outside of city hall today collecting for the food bank as […]

  2. Faith, Hope and Charity
    these are true markers of wealth

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