OSWEGO – Daniel Carlton, a long-time bell-ringer and volunteer for the Salvation Army is being honored this month by Recognizing Oswego County as their Community Champion.
“Few things remind me more of the holiday spirit than the volunteers who ring bells to raise funds for the Salvation Army,” said ROC member Tammy Elowsky. “This month, as ROC focuses on volunteerism, it seems fitting to highlight Daniel and all the individuals who are ringing bells and to thank the many, many people who put their loose change and dollars into the red kettles.”
With a seasoned bell that has a bright and melodic ring, Carlton can be found every day except Sunday at the Wal-Mart in Central Square from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
As a ringing veteran, he has his own style. He keeps a music player in his pocket and with one earbud in, he rings to the music.
“I enjoy doing it. My favorite thing is seeing the expression on the kids’ faces and lowering the red kettle so that the little ones can put their donations in themselves,” said Carlton.
For Carlton, ringing the bells is a family affair.
Carlton explained, “I got my start when I was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper with my mother and grandmother, and when I was old enough I started ringing on my own.”
The stores have changed over the years, but ringing has been a constant for Carlton, who is in his 26th year.
“My kids have volunteered as ringers and my grandchildren have already started asking when they can start,” said Carlton.
“We have so many amazing volunteers and Danny is one of our best. We know we can call on him when we need him,” said Major James Purvis of the Oswego County Salvation Army. “The Red Kettle Campaign is the Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser of the year. These donations are critical and help fund our many programs that operate all year round.”
For more information about volunteering for the Salvation Army, call 315-207-3359 or email [email protected]
Recognizing Oswego County focuses on the positive efforts that are being made in the community. Each month ROC uses this recognition effort as a platform for emphasizing the wonderful work that is happening in Oswego County to promote the health and wellness of children, families and adults. A theme is selected each month and nominations for Community Champions are solicited.
ROC members include representatives from a broad range of community organizations as well as individual community members.
New members are welcome. Monthly meetings are held from 8-9:15 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, 90 E. Bridge St.
For more information, check out “Recognizing Oswego County-ROC” Facebook page or contact [email protected]