GRU department gets in the spirit of the season

Salvation Army bellringersThe Christmas Holidays provide a time for many to reflect on their blessings and to give to others. One GRU department is spreading Christmas cheer by giving back to the community.

“We wanted to do something for the community, to give back,” Dr. Suzanne Smith, Director of the Augusta Multiple Sclerosis Center said.  “We decided to volunteer for the Salvation Army, and we were bell ringers at Macy’s and it was great!”

The Augusta Multiple Sclerosis Center, which is part of the Department of Neurology at Georgia Regents University, braved the rainy weather on the afternoon of Dec. 5 outside of Macy’s at the Augusta Mall.

“There were five or six of us working at a time,” Smith said. “We were having fun, opening doors for people and letting children ring the bell. We brought a lot of sunshine to that gloomy afternoon.”

The enthusiasm and Christmas spirit paid off, as their shift had quite a positive impact on the proceeds that afternoon, according to the Salvation Army.

“At the end of the day, we were sad to leave; we could have stayed a few more hours,” Smith said. “We hope to turn it into an office tradition, and we want to go back every year. It really put us all in the Christmas spirit.”