Beatrice Lindsey: Ringing in the Holidays with a Smile

Beatrice Lindsey
Beatrice Lindsey

by Marvin Buenconsejo

WAHIAWA (KHNL) - Hundreds of people donate their time to help keep the Salvation Army's signature red kettles filled with donations, each holiday season.

We now introduce you to an 82-year old Wahiawa woman, who really steps-it up with her trusty bell, performing her Random Act of Kindness.

Just like Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and the chilly Wahiawa weather, Beatrice Lindsey is another fine holiday tradition, in this neck of the woods.

Each year, Lindsey spends full-time hours, volunteering her time to help raise money for the salvation army.

''I usually come at about 9 o'clock, and then whenever he comes for the kettle about 7:30," explains Lindsey.

And if there's anyone tailor-made to do this, it's Lindsey.

Folks who walk into the Longs Drugs store, here in Wahiawa, can't help themselves.

There's just something about the smile, the sleigh bells, the kettle, and the candy canes that has everyday folks forking-out the Christmas cash.

''I get to meet other people. I just enjoy myself. 'I give candies to who ever wants, grown-ups, the kids. The kids see me every year and they ask the parents for money so they can get the candy.''

But still, this does take a particular amount of fortitude.

C'mon now, how many times have you walked by a Salvation Army kettle and avoided making eye-contact with the bell ringer, so you didn't have to make a donation?

Lindsey says, it's all good.

''They do and some say, I already gave already, and I say thank you."