If you have recently patronized Walmart, Safeway or Bashas’ on a Friday or Saturday, you have undoubtedly been greeted by one of the Salvation Army bell-ringers as you entered the doors to do your shopping.
Each year I take my turn ring-a-linging outside of Walmart’s south door.
This year, while “Ringing Them Bells,” I’ve noticed a special spirit in the air — an extraordinary heartfelt sense of giving. Maybe that’s because we all realize that so many families are going through such tough times this holiday season.
On my shifts last week, I saw little old ladies, blue-collar workers and teenagers dropping coins and dollar bills into the red kettle in front of me. I saw parents teaching their young children the value of giving, as they showed their little ones how to drop coins into the buckets.
And who replaced me when my shift was over? Three teenage members of the Payson High School Key Club. A big thumbs up to you, local teens!
Our local Salvation Army helps so many people in need here in the Rim Country. But it takes a huge effort to raise the money to do it.
Last year, bell-ringers collected more than $26,000 to help local families experiencing economic difficulties.
Ray Kinsman is again this year’s fund-raising director. Ray told me that his goal this year, with the help of the 225 people who have already signed up to “Ring Them Bells,” is to raise $30,000.
To meet this lofty goal, Ray needs your help. He still has 90 two-hour slots to fill. If you can give just a small amount of your time this holiday season to help a family in need, please give Ray a call at 474-6577.
And remember, all of the money raised by the Payson Salvation Army stays in Payson to help Rim Country residents.
Now, let’s move on to this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you name the hard rock band that recorded the 1993 hit, “Ring Them Bells.”
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson were the creative spark behind this group, which initially found success in the mid-1970s, only to reach greater heights after engineering a major comeback a decade later.
The group had 29 Billboard-charted hits from 1976 through 1994. Eight of those songs reached the Top 10.
The bands top three songs were “These Dreams” (1986), “Alone” (1987) and “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You” (1990).
Was the name of this group: A) Talking Heads, B) Heart, C) Lips, Inc. or D) My Stomach Is Killin’ Me?
Be caller number four and have the right answer and you’ll win a beautiful leather tote bag from Black And Tan Tales LLC, donated by Leanne Poculan, owner.
Black And Tan Tales LLC, a full-line craft supply store located in the Safeway Shopping Plaza, just opened its doors in early October. Leanne says, “Come on in and check out our over 4,000 items — and sign up for a craft class!”
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the title of the Electric Light Orchestra’s top hit, which peaked at No. 4 in 1979?
Was it A) Don’t Bring Me Down, B) Don’t Bring Me Up, C) Don’t Bring Me Sideways or D) Don’t Bring Me To Gisela Ever Again?
The correct answer was “Don’t Bring Me Down.”
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Jason Johnson. He won a $30 gift certificate for a haircut and style at the Shear Oasis Salon in the Swiss Village, courtesy of Amanda Ruff, cosmetologist.
A little about Jason: He was born and raised in Mission Viejo, Calif. When he was 11, his family moved to Chandler, then four years later, in 1995, to Payson.
Jason and his fiancée, Devon, have two beautiful children, Kyra, 5 years old, who attends Julia Randall Elementary School, and Brodin, who is a toddling 2-year-old.
Jason has been a self-employed local painter for the past 11 years. He says, “No job is too big or too small, so give me a call.” You can reach him at 468-8847. Devon is employed at the Powell House as a personal service attendant.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his children.
His favorite music genres are alternative and classic rock, with Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin topping his favorite artist list.
Lastly, tickets are still available for this Saturday’s Payson Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert. It’s always a great performance. See you there!
— DJ Craig
Phone: 468-1482 www.DJCraigInPayson.com