Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bell Ringers and Kids Make Christmas in July a Success

The Salvation Army was the big winner at ONEOK Field Sun., July 25, as the Tulsa Drillers competed against the Arkansas Travelers. The Drillers lost 7-6 in 11 innings but hosted a wonderful Christmas in July event with help from TSA. Captains Warren and Cindy Jones recruited three couples from the Salvation Army Sapulpa Corps to ring bells at each of the ball park gates. The bell ringers were retired officers Majors Sam and Mary Warnock, Bill and Donna Shenberger and Bette and George O’Dell. TSA Lawn Maintenance Supervisor Rick Thompson and assistant Charlie Bell parked the giant Red Kettle of Love where lots of baseball fans could see it and also supervised a toy drive. But the most fun was had by the kids. The Jones children, Kenny, 12; Joshua, seven; Makayla, five and Madison, two, helped ring bells and also enjoyed the playground. Rick’s seven year old son Devon and Charlie’s three year old son Logan enjoyed a dinner of  hot dogs, bratwurst, chips and pop and the dads obtained autographs for the boys. Santa Claus made an appearance in a Hawaiian shirt while “Jingle Bell Rock” played over the PA system and “It’s A Wonderful Life” was projected above the scoreboard. The snow scenes in the movie were the best, as the heat and humidity combined for a sauna-like atmosphere at the ball park.  However, an occasional cool breeze blew in from the west and everyone was thankful for it, especially Santa.


No comments:

Post a Comment