Five days a week, Matt Snider bundles up and prepares for an 8- to 10-hour shift outside, ringing a bell.
He has stood outside in 15-degree weather and watched hundreds of people walk by without looking at him. He has smiled and said thank-you when someone handed him a cup of hot coffee.
For the past two years, Snider has worked as a bell ringer during November and December for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
The Brown County resident has been laid off work from two jobs since August 2011. He’s been out of work this year since September and is behind on his bills.
But Snider is determined to buy at least a few of the presents on his 14-year-old daughter’s wish list, which includes electronics, movies and makeup. The days when he could buy her an off-brand toy for less than $20 are gone.