McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Features

December 17, 2012

Two 80-year-old McAlester residents and long-time Rotarians ring bells for Salvation Army

KREBS — For more than a half a century, two 80-year-old McAlester residents and long-time Rotarians have volunteered to ring to the bell for the Salvation Army. Bob Saunier and George Lampton said they’ve loved every minute of it. “I’ve been doing as long as I’ve been in Rotary, 55 years,” Saunier said. Lampton said he’s been ringing the bell for more than 30 years.

Their combined total is more than 80 years of bell ringing. “Eighty seems to be a magic number,” Lampton said. Saturday evening, Saunier and Lampton were stationed in front of the McAlester Walmart Supercenter ringing a bell and passing out candy.

Originally, they rang a bell in downtown McAlester. Saunier said 50 years ago, Rotarians would set up a table in front of the J.C. Penney store on Choctaw Avenue at Second Street for the Salvation Army collection. “We would have a record player and play Christmas music and we had a megaphone,” Saunier said. “We had a lot of fun. When we saw someone we knew who tried to pass by without making a donation we would use that megaphone and call their name.”

Besides the fun, Saunier and Lampton said they were always touched by the generosity of the givers. “It’s always wonderful to see a young child drop a few pennies in the bucket,” Saunier said. “You know their mothers are teaching them about giving.” Lampton agreed. “The children love to drop money into the pot.” Lampton said the McAlester Rotary Club has won many awards from the Salvation Army for collecting the most money during their bell-ringer periods.

“We have some little trophies somewhere, Lampton said. “I’ve seen them.” The octogenarians both said their time spent ringing the bell for the Salvation Army was well spent. “It’s always been gratifying to see people give. It really gives a good feeling,” Saunier said.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

For more on this story, see the print or electronic editions of the McAlester News-Capital. Click here for print edition home delivery or click here to see the Smart Edition for your computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
NDN Video
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.