Two rescue horses ring the Salvation Army bell

Published: Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:06 PM EST
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Two horses are ringing in the Christmas season outside of the Lexington Green shopping center.

No, you can't ask them, "Why the long face?" These horses are spreading joy.

The horses, Hank and his pasture mate Sugar, are ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

"Hank was rescued when he was three-year-old," said Tammi Regan, Hank's handler. "That was seven years ago."

Hank was Regan's first rescue. Although he brings joy to Christmas shoppers, he means much more to his handler.

"Four years ago I made a promise to my father," Regan said. "That when Hank was trained I would get back into the Salvation Army and ring the bells with Hank. Four months after I made that promise my father passed away."

Now, Hank's story, along with Sugar's, are an inspiration for people to give.

"They (the horses) had a second chance. We're able to be out here and help the community," she said. "It really does inspire the compassion of people. It inspires them to give."

If you'd like to meet Hank and Sugar, they will be ringing the Salvation Army bell in front of Lexington Green until Christmas Eve.