Shoppers said when they see and hear bell ringers posted outside of mall doors and businesses during the holiday season, they want to give.
On Friday night, Kim Varner and his 3-year-old grandson Wyatt dropped money into the Salvation Army's red kettle at Haywood Mall in Greenville.
"He's Santa's helper today," Varner said. "I want him to learn the spirit of Christmas is about giving not just receiving so that he can learn to help others."
One by one, shoppers followed one another with a drop of dollars or coins.
"My mom instilled it in me and I'm just trying to pass it on," Derrick Reid said as his 11-year-old son made a donation.
"It's a lot of unfortunate people around here so we try to give what we can," Reid said.
Organizers with the red kettle drive said there are 38 kettles throughout Greenville County.
They said the money raised from those kettles will help ring in a nice Christmas for those who may not expect anything under the tree.
"Our big push is to help those at Christmas time and make sure every child has Christmas," Maj. Kent Davis said.
He's an area commander with the Salvation Army.
"It really helps us, so no change is too small," Davis said.
So now, even 3-year-old Wyatt knows what a big deal it is to stop and give.
Members of the FOX Carolina news team participated in the red kettle drive, by ringing the bell outside of Haywood Mall.
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