Volunteer Amy Simmons (pictured at right), 18, a River Valley High School grad and student at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., mans a Salvation Army kettle out in front of the local Wal-Mart store on Friday. (Marion Star photo by Bill Sinden)
The Marion (Ohio) Star today carries a little feature on a Grace College freshman home for the holidays. Here is an excerpt–to read the entire story, click on http://www.centralohio.com:80/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/BE/20071224/NEWS01/712240321/1002
Amy Simmons could have spent her first holiday break from college catching up with her friends from high school and filling up on home-cooked meals.
Instead she has spent hours standing out in the cold, listening to the incessant ringing of a bell – all in the name of charity.
“It hasn’t been too cold, so that’s been nice,” she said. “People always ask about the bell, but after a while you don’t even hear it.”
Simmons, a freshman at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., has spent her winter break helping with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, standing outside of area businesses and collecting donations from shoppers. For her, it’s all worth it.
“It’s a good cause and I’ve seen a lot of good come from that,” she said.