People, Places & Events

    Salvation Army expands activities
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–It’s the time of year the Salvation Army sends out the bell ringers.
This year, things will be a little different in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Kettle Coordinator Sharon Jackson, with the Kaufman County Salvation Army told Rotary members Friday changes are underway.
“Businesses can provide a location for the kettles and we need volunteers to be bell ringers,” Jackson said.
Instead of just the two kettles normally found at Wal-Mart, four kettles will be distributed throughout the area. Two will again be at Wal-Mart, one more will possibly at Lowe’s in Gun Barrel City and one at Brookshires in Seven Points, she said.
“The two kettles at Wal-Mart, last year, grossed more than any in the three-county area,” she said – collecting about 10,000.
Bellringing begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues through Saturday, Dec. 23.
Times will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To volunteer in the lake area call Dr. Jeanne Caillet at (903) 880-9591 or (214) 793-3832.
The other activities volunteers can take part in are adopting an angel from the angel tree, fill a stocking with needs for the elderly, help deliver gifts and of course, businesses can host an angel tree, she explained.
“So far we have collected more than 1,000 names for the trees and it (the collection) continues through November,” Jackson said.
“New this year are little card board boxes that can be placed at businesses too small for kettle donations,” Jackson said as she held up a gaily colored box.
In other business, Rotarians:
• were reminded the Make-A-Difference Day projects are ongoing year round.
Rotarian and co-chair Bob Miller said volunteers can still take part in trimming tree limbs and other projects.
“The biggest problem is finding qualified electricians for small jobs that need to be completed,” Miller said.
• were also reminded of the Rotary Foundation Fund-raiser. District 5830’s goal is to raise $250,000.


Henderson County Toy Run set
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Seventh annual Henderson County Toy Run is scheduled to begin registration at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4, at Brookshires in Chandler.
All bikes out at 10:30 a.m., ending at the Gun Barrel City American Legion Post No. 310. This event is held rain or shine.
Hot dogs will be served at Crescent Heights Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
You may offer a donation of a $5 unwrapped toy and canned food.
Entertainment will be provided.
Sponsored by The Henderson County Toy Run Association consisting of the American Legion Riders, Henderson County Independence Shalom Riders and Independent Friends of Henderson County.
This event is not associated with Toys for Tots or any other counties.


Thank soldiers on Veterans Day
Special to The Monitor
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–With thousands of troops deployed overseas, The American Legion has relaunched a free, easy way to thank them for their service on the eve of Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11.
The electronic greeting cards are ideal to thank all veterans, of all generations, who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
“In today’s computer age, what better way to say ‘thank you’ to a veteran or a service member serving thousands of miles from home than a musical greeting card with your personalized message that will reach them almost instantaneously,” American Legion national commander Paul A. Morin said.
Anyone who has a e-mail address can receive the special cards.
Creating the card is quick and easy at The American Legion’s website at
“As our troops continue to serve in harms way, as countless thousands before them did in other wars, a message of support and thanks means more to a veteran than you realize,” Morin said.
“Please take a few moments to use this free service and brighten the day of one or more of America’s veterans,” he added.
The American Legion site offers e-mail cards representing each military service along wit the service song that plays when the card is opened.
Each card provides plenty of space to compose a personal message.
Cards may be sent now through Sunday, Nov. 12.
Greeting cards may be sent direct to active duty service men and women if their military e-mail addresses are known.