By Jennifer McGraw

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A Salvation Army bell ringer was attacked in front of Walmart for simply spreading holiday cheer.

We’ve all heard it; the jingle that means it’s nearly Christmas and ringing in sounds of hope for donations.

But not everyone is in the giving spirit.

“I greet everybody, 'Merry Christmas,'” said Rev. Jamie Wolfe, Sr.

Sadly, those two simple words got this bell ringer knocked out.

“He haymakered me, hit me, got me down on the ground and we started wrestling, at that point I’m fighting for my life,” Wolfe Sr. said.

The man wasn’t after the kettle money, but instead, his cheer.

“Definitely unexpected,” he claimed.

It was a savage attack — not even a Grinch could compare.

“Store says they love him and he’s been the best bell ringer they’ve ever had, so an attack that’s unprovoked is very surprising and very unfortunate. It’s not the call we’d expect to get at night,” or ever said Lt. Steve Pavlakis with the Salvation Army.

Pavlakis has been with the organization for 14 years, and this hasn’t happened.

“It’s really saddening that one of our bellringers would be out there working day after day for us that’s met with hate and punches to the face and kicks to the face,” Pavlakis said.

The reverend is shaken up and suffered bumps and bruises, but says this won’t ever take away his Christmas spirit.

“It’s really rewarding,” he said.

And you can bet that bell will keep on ringing.

“I’ll be right back out there doing it again tomorrow,” Wolfe Sr. said.

He was checked out at Kaiser Permanente just in case.

Meanwhile, the suspect is still on the run. Police hope surveillance video can help put that man behind bars.

Comments (45)
  1. Who can be taht hateful? Plenty of people. We have a lot of nuts feed by the MSM.

    The problem of this hate is deep seeded.

    1. Since Trump’s election, the far left MSM has been working night and day to turn us into a NATION OF HATE! Looks like they have succeeded !

  2. Lee Phillips says:

    In liberal Sacramento, when it is discovered that the attacker is a MudSlime, it will be “Well, boys will be boys” and NOTHING will be done.

  3. Juan Reveles says:

    Hmm…must be somebody who is vehemently opposed to Christmas and prone to violence…

  4. Another Democrat voter, expressing his opinion of free speech . . .

  5. Hope it’s a muslim extremist.

  6. Scott Murphy says:

    And of course no description of the attacker given. Also how many people witnessed the attack and did nothing to help the poor guy.

  7. John Pepin says:

    The results of the normalization of violence against Christians.

  8. Obama’s “Transforming America” is still hard at work, I see. In Sacramento no less!

  9. Yirmin Snipe says:

    Never been a fan of the bell ringers but it isn’t because of them saying Merry Christmas its the blasted sound of the bell… If you have tinnitus the sound of it is downright painful.

  10. Tony Oberley says:

    Let’s all guess the color of the attacker.

    1. Lets not, totally un-Christian of us if we did, it’s the Season of Peace. .

  11. Don McCoy says:

    They hope the video will help catch the attacker…but offer NO description of the thug. I wonder why…

  12. Last seen fleeing the scene in a Prius with ‘Coexist’ and ‘Tolerance’ bumper stickers.

  13. Lack of description indicates what race this attacker probably is.

  14. Johnny Lee says:

    if they hope that the surveillance video will help identify the assailant, why is it not published?

  15. They omitted a description of the perp, so let me think about that…hmmmmmmmmmm, it is California.

  16. Fred Weigel says:

    Welcome to California, where saying “Merry Christmas” is ‘hate speech.’ If HRC had won, and had been able to stack SCOTUS with a LibProg majority, we’ see stuff like this happening nationwide, and supported by the court.

  17. I say all the Salvation Army Kettle bell ringers across the US line up with Full Kettles and everyone gets one swing hitting him with the kettle while they say Merry Christmas Mother Sucker!

  18. Joe Boltonn says:

    I’ve killed men over less than that…

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