Armed with a red kettle, apron and bell, Larry Boyd hits the stores each weekend before Christmas, not holiday shopping but encouraging giving.
“You feel like you’re accomplishing something,” said Boyd. “There are a lot of people needing a lot of things, especially at this time of year.”
For six years, he has joined other volunteer bell ringers who create that familiar jingle outside Greater Memphis stores. The Salvation Army hopes residents hear the rallying call and drop $901,000 in the red kettles for the Purdue Center of Hope, which moves women and children from “just surviving to thriving.”