In order to simplify things, I asked them if it would be okay to sing carols while ringing bells. Of course they unanimously agreed that it was a great idea! I made a few phone calls and did some scheduling research, and McFarland's Pick 'n Save graciously said they would allow us to sing in the store while ringing bells. I signed our group up for two 2-hour time slots the week before Christmas. I didn't know what kind of turnout to expect, and I was even prepared to beg coworkers to ring bells with me in case the kids didn't show up. But not only did they show up- they blew me away!
We had multiple staff members come visit us and even stay for a few songs. (I decided that an hour was the perfect length for carols, because by 1.25 they kids were getting a little silly. Unfortunately, this was when many staff members stopped by.)
The kids did an AMAZING job both evenings, and I have to say that the kettle was SO full after their 2-hour caroling sessions. How awesome is that experience?