"straw baskets that you see nuns and Salvation Army babes collecting dough with"

Salvation Army collector
Creative Commons AttributionSalvation Army collector - Credit: Philip Milne
 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.