Poem inspired by kindness returned
Editor's note: The following poem was written by Georgia Gallagher of Barnesville who was inspired by Salvation Army bell ringers volunteering on a cold and windy day, who were asked by Riesbeck's employees to come inside.
The Bell Ringers
All through the Christmas season
They manned the kettle at the store.
They were two kind ladies
Ringing bells for the needy and the poor.
They said Merry Christmas
To each passerby.
If a donation was made
Thank you they would reply.
On the worst day of the season
The wind blew hard and it did snow.
They stood rigid at their kettle
There was no place else to go.
But, unlike the innkeeper
When Jesus was born.
The storekeeper bid them
Set up inside so they might stay warm.
How happy Mary would have been
had she been offered shelter within...
The ladies are thankful for this kind deed
They continue to help those in need.