As a way of having a positive impact on Ellis County, Camp Gladiator Regional Director Renee Byrd, her trainers and campers volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army at the Waxahachie Walmart Saturday, Dec. 22.
The mission statement of CG is to “positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.” One of the ways they choose to do that is by giving back to the communities in which they are in Byrd stated.
This is the second year the group has participated in the Red Kettle Campaign, which Byrd says is because “it’s just the right thing to do.”
“The Salvation Army provides more resources for our community than any other organization,” Byrd said. “So to be here today means we’re not giving back to one cause, but we have an opportunity to give back to multiple causes in our community.”
She said the labor they are providing for the Salvation Army is great.
“It makes us feel great about who we are and what we do,” she said. “But in addition to that, it’s just the right to do.”
Getting in on the action were CG campers Christy Kelso, Virginia Hernandez and Bevin Shaw. They were among the first group to ring the bells during the six-hour function.
When they weren’t ringing the bells, they were providing entertainment by doing push-ups, handstands and any other form of exercise that would draw attention. They chose to use this strategy as a way of having fun, but also to gain more donations.
Kelso said she felt it was really important to take part in this, because she loves making a difference.
“I’m here because I love the Salvation Army and giving back to this community,” she said. “This is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and I’m so pumped to be here.”
Hernandez said it not only gives them an opportunity to make a difference, but to also shine in the community.
“Our being out here today shows the people how enthused we are to help those in need,” she said. “I feel that I’ve been blessed this year and what’s two hours of my time out here ringing the bell.”
She added that it’s about making people feel happy and spreading the Christmas spirit.
Shaw said she chose to volunteer, because she wanted to spread a little holiday cheer and do something good for the community.
“I’m really excited to be out here,” she said. “I just want to make a difference this holiday season.”
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