'Merry Christmas. Thank you for sharing.' Lynn Blakeley, 80, tells the people who pass his post outside of the Publix at Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Blakely has volunteered as a bell ringer for 14 years since he retired. The secret, he says, is to make sure to greet as many people as possible. 'They are more likely to donate if you talk to them,' he says.

Photo by Garrett Hubbard, Daily News

"Merry Christmas. Thank you for sharing." Lynn Blakeley, 80, tells the people who pass his post outside of the Publix at Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Blakely has volunteered as a bell ringer for 14 years since he retired. The secret, he says, is to make sure to greet as many people as possible. "They are more likely to donate if you talk to them," he says.

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