Coats for Families
The Salvation Army "Coats for Families" Program has started. Coats for people of all sizes and ages are at the Sutton Center office at 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite 800, Port Clinton. Currently, there is a need of kids coats for all ages and sizes.
Red Kettle Kick Off
On Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 a.m. at the Catawba Island Club, the 20th Annual Red Kettle Kick off Breakfast will celebrate bell-ringing volunteers and will be an opportunity to sign up to ring the bell for the Red Kettle Campaign.
Toys for Tots
On Monday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m., Salvation Army will be shopping with the Toys for Tots Marine Corps Reserve Weapons Company at Big Lots and Ollie’s in Sandusky. They will then drop off and sort the toys at the Toy Building in Harbor Light Landing that has been donated by Ralph Ruta.
From Wednesday, Nov. 13-Friday, Dec. 13, the Toy Drive officially begins, with toy boxes and Angel Tree tags set up in over 45 locations throughout Ottawa County. Anyone who wishes to donate a toy to the Toy Program can do so by taking an Angel Tree Tag from a Christmas Tree and bringing a toy to the Sutton Center office or a toy box location.
From Monday, Nov. 18-Dec. 24, the 20th Annual Red Kettle Season will be in full ring. The bell will be rung at seven locations in Ottawa County: Bassett's, Kroger's, Wal-Mart, Community Market Port Clinton, Community Market Oak Harbor and Miller's Market Genoa. The bells will be rung every day except Sundays, with over 1,320 hours manned by volunteers from the community. Bell ringers are always needed and appreciated.
Tree a Rama
On Sunday, Dec. 8, the 10th Annual Tree A Rama Charity Auction will be held at Mon Ami Restaurant & Winery with the proceeds going to the Toy Program. The Salvation Army is currently seeking items to be donated to the auction. The Silent Auction begins at 2 p.m., with the Live Auction following at 4 p.m. $15,000 was raised last year and is the goal again for this year.
Toy Distribution Day
Wednesday, Dec. 18, is Toy Distribution Day. This is a day the efforts of the whole community come together to make the Toy Drive a success. All of the hard work of collecting, sorting, fundraising and buying comes to fruition on this day, when the families in need of Christmas assistance come to pick out toys for their children. Last year The Salvation Army, Port Clinton Service Unit, served over 1,700 children with over 6,000 toys.