This Christmas season, volunteer bell-ringers will take to the streets for one of the merriest of holiday traditions, ringing the bell to raise funds for the local Salvation Army. This year, there will be 29 kettle locations throughout Tyler and the surrounding area. The Salvation Army has been serving the needs of families and individuals in our community for more than 100 years, providing groceries, utility assistance, emergency aid, and services for at-risk youth. During the Christmas season, more than 2,000 local residents will receive food baskets and toys for their children. With just a little spare change, you can make the difference in a family’s life today.
As a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Gaylon Mason sees firsthand the good that is done with even the smallest donation to the red kettle.
“Through donations of money, food, and toys, the Salvation Army’s annual food basket and toy distribution helps children and families enjoy a better Christmas,” Mr. Mason said. “Without the help of the Salvation Army, its community supporters, and thousands of local individuals, many of our fellow neighbors would not have as much to look forward to on Christmas morning.”
Outside of his work on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Mr. Mason is a member of Masonic Lodge #294 and the Sharon Shrine Temple. He has also been a member of the Optimist Club.
“Volunteerism is each person’s opportunity to serve. Everyone within our community should want to give back. If you don’t do your part to give back, then you really aren’t a part. What you contribute makes all the difference in the world,” Mr. Mason said.
Born in Oxford, Nebraska, Mr. Mason has been a part of the Tyler community for 24 years. He and his wife of 55 years, Mildred, are the parents of Carrie and Sue and the grandparents of Grace, 11, and Joseph, 8. Mr. Mason is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Masons are members of Pollard United Methodist Church.
“Tyler is a beautiful place to live. We are fortunate to have all of the amenities of a big city without having to live in a big city. The people of Tyler are not afraid to give back to the community. We are very blessed. The Salvation Army is doing God’s work,” Mr. Mason