The Salvation Army of Tyler has been offering hope, compassion, and care to thousands of individuals and families for 115 years. Each year, more than 4,000 men, women, and children reach out to The Salvation Army in need of assistance and support.
Of all the worthwhile and important causes The Salvation Army is known for, the most recognizable is their annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. Each year, beginning on Thanksgiving Day and continuing until Christmas Eve, volunteers man the Red Kettle throughout the city, ringing the bell in the call for citizens to donate their extra change.
It takes many volunteer hours to make the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign a success each year, and one such dedicated volunteer is Mr. Gordon Dunn. This is the fourth year Mr. Dunn has given of his time, and each day, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, you will find him ringing the bell at the pharmacy entrance of the South Broadway Wal-Mart in Tyler.
A disabled veteran, Mr. Dunn has a heart for helping the less fortunate and believes in the mission of The Salvation Army to meet human needs in God’s name without discrimination.
Cindy Bell, director of development for The Salvation Army in Tyler, said, “We consider Mr. Dunn to be outstanding because of his commitment to the Campaign. After all, it’s not many people who would give four hours per day, every day, for 26 days. He not only helps us raise much-needed funds, but he helps spread Christmas joy.”
“I love volunteering and making people laugh and smile,” Mr. Dunn said. “It’s important to volunteer because we need to help others as much as we can. I hope others will sign up to ring the bell.”
In addition to his dedicated service to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, Mr. Dunn also volunteers his time with Fisherman Gap Prison Ministry.
Mr. Dunn was born in Lubbock, Texas, and has resided in Tyler for 31 years. He and his wife, Salvacion, met in Tyler and have been married for 30 years.
For more information, or to become a volunteer for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, please call 903-592-4361 or visit www.ringbells.org.
“Please come and help,” Mr. Dunn said. “We need all the help we can get.”