Every year, Protiviti Chicago adopts a Salvation Army kettle on the corner of LaSalle and Monroe, across from our office. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, volunteers from the office assume bell-ringing duties, be it morning, noon, or night, rain or shine (or, as is more typically the case at this time of year, snow). This responsibility had an even greater meaning for us this year, with Executive Vice President Jim Pajakowski chairing the Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division.
As one such volunteer, I can vouch that an hour is a long time to spend standing outside, in Chicago, in December, ringing a bell. Of course, given our consulting blood, many strategies have been devised to attract visitors to our kettle (and to avoid frostbite). These efforts include singing, dancing, and choreographed ringing – and in the case of one Illini alum, they even required a wardrobe change.
Nice thinking, Eujin.