If you went through the lobby of the Chief Marketplace, you probably heard a popular holiday sound - the bell ringing for the Salvation Kettle. Yes, it is that time for people to help others in need.
Vernon Oyer, the chairman of the Wauseon unit of the Salvation Army will be looking for volunteer bell ringers for both the Chief and, starting on Black Friday, Nov. 29, Walmart to help with the collection effort.
When asked how long he has been involved, Oyer could only remember, “It was back in the 1950s when Merill Bernath asked me to get involved with the Salvation Army. I worked for Bernath at People’s State Bank in downtown Wauseon,” said Oyer. “It has been a terrific association with the Army and I enjoy it even more every year.”
The campaign will run at the Chief on Fridays and Saturdays from around 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from now through Christmas. Since the kettle is inside the lobby at the Chief, Oyer usually likes for volunteer bell ringers to work two hours per shift. Other arrangements can be worked out.
For Walmart, the kettle is outside in the elements, so a turn on the bell is for one hour. It is suggested to dress appropriately. The Walmart kettle will also be on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 9 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Oyer does get some excellent help from Jim Figy as Figy manages the Walmart site. Later in December, the Walmart kettle will be available from Wednesday, Dec. 18 through Tuesday, Dec. 24 at the same times.
The arrangements are that Oyer forwards the funds to the Toledo chapter with the Wauseon donations earmarked to return to Wauseon F. I. S. H.
So, the next time you see Oyer or Figy, be prepared with your calendar and set aside an hour or two to spread some Christmas cheer and be ready for some bell ringing.