Members of Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1524 had a wonderful time ringing in the holiday season on Saturday December 8th. For the third year, the Dragoons rang the bell for the Salvation Army and the event was a great success with at least fifteen compatriots participating. The weather was dreary and cold with rain and highs only in the mid-40s but the men covered the hours of 9:00AM - 9:00PM at the Prattville Winn Dixie, standing in front of the store but then moving inside when the wind picked up to make the conditions even harsher outside. Grocery store customers and employees were very cooperative and friendly as the bell ringers greeted everyone with a "Merry Christmas”. Many customers donated so collections were brisk and should be tallied by the Salvation Army later in the week.
Some of the Dragoon participants are pictured below. Participants included Bill Branch, Will Dismukes, Tyrone Crowley, Karl Wade (who was also the organizer of the event), Wayne Sutherland, Harold Grooms, Douglas Beir Butler, Bill Gill, Stuart Waldo, Don Owens, Bill Myrick, Dale Boyles, Don Drasheff, Louis Turner and Larry Spears.
This is a great community service project, another great opportunity for the Dragoons to support our local friends and neighbors and a worthy cause.