Ottawa County’s Salvation Army programs offer opportunities to volunteer time and resources this holiday season.
Ways that an individual or organization can help include:
The Red Kettle Campaign. The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit, serving Ottawa County, needs bell ringers for their 19th Annual Red Kettle Campaign. Ringing the Bell for two hours is the equivalent of donating over $101 to The Salvation Army. There are seven locations in Ottawa County: Miller’s Market in Genoa, Community Market in Oak Harbor, Community Market in Port Clinton, Kroger’s and WalMart and Bassetts in Port Clinton, starting November 19th through Christmas Eve. 700 Volunteers are needed to meet the goal of $62,000. Last year over $60,000 was raised, and there are many more openings for bell-ringers this year. All monies raised by the Red Kettle Campaign go back into the community assisting with rent, mortgage evictions, utility disconnects, fuel and medications.
There are many challenges in place this year. Port Clinton High School is challenging Oak Harbor High School. There is a Battle of the Badges competition that includes the Port Clinton Police Department, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Department, the US Coast Guard station and possible Sandusky Bay Station of the Border Control. There is also a Mayors’ Challenge.
The Coats for Families Program is currently under way at The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit. Last year 1,032 coats were donated, cleaned by Executive Cleaners then re-distributed to those in need of a warm, winter coat. There is a desperate need of children’s coats this year. Executive Cleaners is offering 10% off of your cleaning order if you drop off a coat for The Salvation Army.
The HolidayBureau The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit is now accepting Holiday Bureau applications for Christmas assistance with food and toys. An application can be picked up and returned at Suite #800 at The Sutton Center in Port Clinton.
Tree A Rama Charity Auction The 9th Annual Tree-A-Rama Charity Auction will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at The Historic Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery. The Silent Auction starts at 2 p.m. with the Live Auction following at 4 p.m. To donate a Christmas tree, wreath, gift certificate or package item, contact Maureen (contact information below). Items that will be auctioned include a Cleveland Cavaliers autographed basketball, Cleveland Indians tickets, a Cleveland Browns autographed football, Mud Hens tickets, Hollywood Casino tickets, a handmade sled, cradles, books from Ida Rupp Library, spa packages, a portable gas grill for a boat and much more. Last year this event raised over $14,000 with all the proceeds going to the Salvation Army Toy Program. Since donations are down this year, there will be no assistance from Toys for Tots, leaving the burden of purchasing and collecting more this year to The Salvation Army and the community.
Volunteer opportunities. Organizations, families and businesses that want to give back to their community through the Salvation Army can do so by volunteering to ring the bell, by donating coats or items to the Tree A Rama Auction, and by bidding on items at the Auction. Businesses that would like to have a Toy drive will be supplied with Toy Boxes and/or Angel Tree tags.