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Salvation Army bell ringer once depended on the organization's charity

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Mississippi is a selfless state. Wallethub.com ranks our state #2 in the nation when it comes to  charitable giving, and giving comes in many forms. 

Pinkie Lee Davis extols the joys of Christmas on a sidewalk in Madison. If it weren't for bell ringers and the charity of others, Pinky would be on the streets.

Thursday, standing in front of the Madison Kroger store, she told her story.  

"I assure you I would not have made it through that winter. It was very cold," said Pinky.

It was a bitter winter and Pinky was penniless and homeless. As a last resort, she turned to the Salvation Army.

 "It meant the world to me because the roof over my head. It was so cold outside," she said. "I was living in my car at that time, it's a different car now because that one broke down, but God has been here for me the whole time. The Salvation Army has been really good to me."

The Salvation Army was her salvation. Pinky turned her life around.

 "I have more than one job." said Pinky. "Oh yes, so between that and going to school. I'm a sophomore at Tougaloo College. I started back after 30 years. God has blessed me in so many ways, so abundantly. It took a while. You have to have time and patience." 

And as life goes, this vibrant woman doesn't forget those blessings. Now, her charitable donation  comes as a volunteer bell ring for the Salvation Army. 

 "It's like heavenly bells, ringing joy and amazement of our hearts," said Pinky. "It's always there and  when the bells ring out then so do the donations and the love comes pouring out into those buckets. It really does! Merry Christmas. God Bless you. Amen."

Nationwide, the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables The Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season. It's their most prominent fund-raiser.

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