“Aunt Martha says to remember Hunter by dropping some change in whenever you see a Salvation Army bell ringer,” Marci told Brenda.
Naturally, I had to call my Aunt Martha and ask her the significance behind that request.
Before I get into that, let me explain a little background. Hunter was my cousin and my Aunt Martha and Uncle Tim’s son. He died — tragically and very unexpectedly — at 22-years-old in May. Truth be told, I never knew him as well as I would have liked as I’ve spent my life in Arkansas and he grew up in Kennedale, Texas. I remember him as a good kid and would see him from time to time when my aunt and uncle dropped by my parents’ house around the holidays.
Still, I’ve always been close to my aunt — she’s my dad’s youngest sister and was the first certified Beatles nut I met. My aunt and uncle left Arkansas for Texas years ago, but they were always good about visiting here often. Perhaps we should have visited Texas more often so that we could have gotten closer to their family.
Regardless, my aunt’s request is one that’s a good one to honor this time of year, particularly since this wreck of an economy has generated plenty of need in the nation. Aunt Martha told me this evening that Hunter was enthusiastic about giving to the Salvation Army and that all started when he was a kid and first noticed those bell ringers.
We tend to toss whatever change we have in a Salvation Army kettle whenever we come across one in honor of my departed cousin. I encourage everyone to do the same as those donations do a lot of good — that’s doubly true in this day and age when we’ve all heard stories of families that are struggling and hoping better economic times are ahead.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.