Posted: Dec 15, 2010 4:27 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Dec 15, 2010 4:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Salvation Army deploys dozens of 'bell-ringers' to local stores during the holiday season, but none may be as well liked and as successful as Kenneth Burrell.
Burrell does more than just ring a bell in front of a red kettle; he encourages folks to donate by singing holiday tunes.
"I remember being down myself and I needed to be lifted up and sometimes it wasn't about money that lifted me I needed to hear a word I needed to hear a song," said Burrell, whose fans can't get enough of his voice.
"When customers come out of the store, no matter what's on their mind, they come and they have a smile, the songs he sings, are so thoughtful, so beautiful, so encouraging and during the times we're in right now, we need that," said Laddie Bolden, who looks forward to Burrell's music every season.
Burrell says he's the top earner of all the Baton Rouge bell-ringers, but for him it's not about the money, he says it's about seeing the smiles on faces that brings him out every year.
"God told me to make a joyful noise, that's what's in Psalms 100, but I just love lifting people a lot of people come through here hurting, and they're still giving," said Burrell.
"He is breaking the bank because I have to give him something every time, you can't pass him up," said Gail Marquette, who's seen Burrell's Holiday entertainment several times already this year.
You can find Burrell and listen to him sing at the Sam's Club on Siegen Lane.