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Giving Tuesday inspires people to donate

Posted November 27, 2018 6:03 p.m. EST

— In the season of Jingle Bells, a single jingling bell outside the big box store can sing with that still small voice.

It inspired Ocie Watson, who said she doesn't have much, to give a little on Giving Tuesday.

“There are a lot of people that need help,” Watson said. “If I had more, if I wasn’t just living on Social Security, I’d give more.”

The bell can be a voice that doesn't guilt people into giving but rings out for them to be cheerful about it.

Cynthia Niles couldn't help but stuff a little green into the little red kettle on Tuesday.

She knows the Bible chapter and verse: “Give, and it will be given back to you.”

“God is love, and we have to extend that love not just to our families but to the world,” Niles said.

For organizations like the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross, giving can’t be boxed into a Tuesday, because tomorrow is a new day with new needs.

“Each and every day across America, every eight minutes, someone loses their home to a house fire,” said Barry Porter, American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina regional CEO.

He said giving means more than a tax write-off.

“There’s just that sense of awe, that I can make an impact, that maybe I can save a life,” Porter said.

Tomorrow is coming, and bells will be ringing.

“Just to offer a little bit of something to somebody,” Kim Kelly said while donating.