The Kroger storefront off of North Rodney Parham is the second home for Chrystal Fulton, a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
For the past 13 years, Fulton has stood at this location jingling her bell and smiling her familiar bright smile.
“I try to smile so other people smile because smiles are the one thing that gets other people smiling too,” says Fulton. ” I try to be positive no matter how people treat me – to keep a positive attitude.”
In 2005, Fulton moved to Little Rock in hopes of getting a fresh start, but complications with her health and relatives in Arkansas caused her to become homeless.
With little bit of money, but a lot of determination, she took up odd jobs to make ends meet.
“I had a small part-time job holding signs,” Fulton explains. “I’m out dancing like a fool is what I call it.”
Holding promotional signs on the side of the road for Great Clips and working for the Salvation Army, Fulton was able to get back on her feet.
“There is a lot to be thankful for,” says Fulton. “There are a lot of people at least in the city of Little Rock that don’t have as much as other people do.”
The Salvation Army Central Arkansas red kettle has a goal of $450,000 to raise this year.
All gifts through the red kettles provide assistance during the Christmas season and beyond to help those hurting, hungry or homeless, says a spokesperson for the Salvation Army.