"straw baskets that you see nuns and Salvation Army babes collecting dough with"
The Salvation Army
is an evangelical Christian organisation, focused on preaching the gospel and performing acts of charity. Formed in England in 1865, it has a quasi-military structure.
Listen on Spotify: Onward Christian Soldiers performed by the Salvation Army.
During the Christmas period they collect money on the street (dressed in uniform) by standing outside stores and ringing a bell.