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Salvation Army Darren, 23

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By Chuck Ansbacher

Thursday December 1, 2005

Only: Where are you from originally?

Darren: Originally from Melbourne, Australia.

O: When did you move here?

D: I came here in February of this year.

O: So you don’t do this every year?

D: The Salvation Army does, but I never have. We do have
similar fundraising efforts in Australia over Christmas, but in terms of standing on a street corner singing my heart out….

O: Do you sing the same song all day?

D: No just general Christmas carols or Christmas songs.

O: What’s your favourite Christmas Carol?

D: The First Noel.

O: Does that one make the most money?

D: It seems to. I don’t know why. Maybe it sounds nice, but it seems to get more money than the others.

O: Are people being pretty generous, or do you think they’re not really in the Christmas spirit yet?

D: I think they’re warming up to it. I think they’re still a bit shocked to see people standing on the corner singing Christmas Carols. But it’s December eve, so…

O: Is there a time where you’re gonna start wearing the Santa outfit?

D: I think I might whip it out in the next couple days.

O: Have they given you one?

D: No, but I personally invested in my own Santa outfit for the cause.