House Talk with Silvia Dukes


Paying it Forward with Holiday Bell Ringing

It is the time of the year again where you'll find bell ringers for the Salvation Army standing in front of stores and businesses. But did you know that many of the bell ringers are not necessarily members of the Salvation Army but volunteers from other organizations and in fact, all walks of life?

For a several years now, the members of my Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill, have participated in the annual bell ringing. Usually, we take two days and split them into several shifts that are covered by a team of Rotarians. After all, everything is more fun that way.


And it's a wonderful way to pay it forward! 


Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army Silvia Dukes


The photo is from last year's bell ringing of a fellow Rotarian and myself.  It was a nice warm day - typical for Florida at the end of November or beginning of December - and we both spent our two hour shift after work busily ringing bells, wishing people happy holidays or Merry Christmas regardless of whether they fed the kettle or not. 

Not everyone can give and that is understood but it is heart warming that many do. Sometimes, people will apologize for not giving more but no amount is too small if given from the heart and every penny will add up! 

Of course, everyone is thanked for their generosity.  The best is always, when children come to put some change into the kettle. Some may be a little shy or timid, but they all are happy and proud when hear the coins drop and receive a big thank you with a smile.

By the way, it is amazing how many people you already know you will run into when you are standing around in place for a few hours! 

Not only did we have a lot of fun doing this, we also collected quite a bit of money for a good cause. The Salvation Army is using the money from its kettle collections for Christmas programs in the community supporting many individuals and families in need. 

There are many ways I try to pay it forward throughout the year. The bell ringing is one of them and definitely the one I enjoy.  Aside from bell ringing myself, I also have made it a point to drop something into every kettle that I encounter every season. I know from own experience the effect it will have on the bell ringer!

If you have never done anything like this, I would encourage you to try. Yes, your are giving some of your time but it is a very rewarding experience that will put you in the holiday spirit! 


This is an entry into the Pay it Forward Active Rain Challenge November 2017



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IT is time to pay it forward good going Silvia! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 2 years ago

Good evening Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES,

Got to love the bell ringers! Great way t pay it forward! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 2 years ago


The Salvation Army does a great job in raising money for people in need.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 2 years ago

Hi Silvia -- just an generous way of paying it forward.  A wonderul example of what makes the AR membership such a generous example of what is good with humankind.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 2 years ago

That is awesome that you are willing to get out there and make a difference with your efforts.  I will admit that I don't know much about the Salvation Army, although it is a large organization that has been around for a very long time.  It's big organizations like this that I worry about being businesses, rather than true charities.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 2 years ago

What a great way to get in the holiday spirit and makes others' lives a little bit better.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 2 years ago

I can tell by the photo that it was a warm day in Florida. It's heartwarming to participate in activities like this.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Thank you everyone, I appreciate your comments! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 2 years ago

That is wonderful that you do that. I can't stand the cold so don't volunteer for our Realtor Ring Day. I commend you though.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 2 years ago

Great cause Silvia... keep on ringing those bells !!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 2 years ago

Debbie Reynolds i don't like cold neither. Thankfully, so far it's been sunny and pleasant each time it was my turn!
Rebecca Gaujot thanks, we will!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 2 years ago

We have a "REALTORS Ring Day" every year for the last 4-5 years. It's a great way to give back. It's usually bitter cold so we only take one-hour shifts.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) about 2 years ago

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