National Commander Rings the Bells

Commissioner William A. Roberts, National Commander and Bell Ringer Extraordinaire

I heard the bells on…December 2!

Commissioner William A. Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army, decided to forego his lunch break today to ring bells at a red kettle location outside of Starbucks in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Standing in the cold with a bell in one hand, a coffee occasionally in the other and always a grateful smile on his face, Commissioner Roberts wished passersby a Merry Christmas and offered a boisterous “thank you” to all who donated to the kettle.

Headquarters staff has been manning the kettle for the last few days in support of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Accompanying the Commissioner was The Salvation Army’s own Ionel Dinu of the National Headquarters Resource Center. Once their shift ended, Commissioner Nancy Roberts, National President of Women’s Ministries took over the bell ringing with Salvation Army Lt. Col. Sandra Defibaugh. That’s the way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon!

The Christmas spirit is certainly in the air. While taking pictures, I noticed that most everyone who was approaching recognized the sights and sounds of the kettle ahead, patting their pockets and scavenging their wallets for some sort of donation – even if just a few dimes after they purchased their coffee.  It’s uplifting to witness the love that is out-poured from the community for those in need. People are extremely giving and they trust that The Salvation Army is “Doing the Most Good” with every bit of change collected.

Check out the photos from earlier today:

Commissioner Roberts and Ionel Dinu

From left to right: Commissioners Nancy and William Roberts and Lt. Col. Sandra Defibaugh

Taking over the kettle responsiBELLities... :)

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4 Comments on “National Commander Rings the Bells

  1. I am so happy to see that my kids are helping the Salvation Army this year as Bell Ringers. We have received HELP in the past from them on CHRISTMAS ourselves. It’s so important to GIVE BACK when your HELPED by an Organization in your TIME OF NEED!

  2. What a blessing for us as Salvationists to see our wonderful National Commander, his lovely wife, and their staff standing kettles. Such an encouraging sight to see!

  3. Hi Debra, thank you so much for your support. Please let your kids know how much we appreciate their volunteerism. The Salvation Army is nothing without the people that make our work possible. Merry Christmas!

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