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Talented Salvation Army bell ringer bringing holiday cheer with music

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You have probably seen the Salvation Army's bell ringers around town, but you may not have met one volunteer who uses another talent to ring up donations. Sam Lospinoso is quite the musician. Not only does he ring bells for the Salvation Army, he can get down on the harmonica. “I don't have a lot of money, so the only thing I can do is give of me and my time,” he said. The self-taught musician loves volunteering with the Salvation Army. This is Lospinoso’s second season collecting donations for the charity. He and his harmonica travel to Wal-mart’s in Brunswick County, standing at the store's entrance 12 hours a day, six days a week, striking up a bluesy version of jingle bells. “At all the different stores that I've been at, it's been a real pleasure to hear people come back and say, ‘Where's your harmonica?’ and ‘Thank you,’” said Lospinoso. Ted Summerlin of Leland said, “I think it's great. Some people sing and dance. Whatever it takes to raise money for people during the holiday. So I think he's doing a great thing.” Lospinoso has been playing since he was eleven years old. Today, he uses his bell and his harmonica to bring Christmas cheer to folks donating money or just passing by. “I try to put smiles on peoples faces. As much as I can,” he said. You can help the Salvation Army with WWAY’s Help for the Holiday One-Day blitz Tuesday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Krispy Kreme on South College Road in Wilmington. We will be collecting non-perishable food items. Everyone who donates gets a coupon for a free dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme.

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