MISSION, Kan. - They come to grocery shop, but they also come to see David Perryman.
Many shoppers at the Mission, Kan., HyVee routinely stop by his red kettle to visit as they go about their day. He has been formally recognized recently for his work with the Salvation Army and for his infectious spirit.
Perryman has been a Salvation Army bell ringer at the store for the last 17 years. Unlike most bell ringers, he does it year-round. As a result, many HyVee shoppers and staff have become some of his best friends. Perryman inspires them with his can do spirit and ubiquitous smile.
He mans his post three times a week despite disabilities that prevent him from speaking or walking.
"David is a very stubborn person," said Pam Perryman, his wife of 25 years. "If he wants to do something it's really hard to keep him down."
The city of Mission honored Perryman on Nov. 21 with the proclamation of David Perryman Day in the city. He was featured on the cover of Mission Magazine and got a visit from Rep. Kevin Yoder at the store Dec. 14.
Communicating by typing words on a small electronic device, Perryman expressed gratitude to the Salvation Army for giving him his opportunity.