The success of Ottawa County is NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. I say this each and every year that I have been the Director for The Salvation Army. Each year our Red Kettle Goal is given to us by The Northwest Ohio Salvation Army in Toledo. This year, our goal was raised to $62,000.00 and while we were up against obstacles, such as not being able to ring as many days as we had in the past, we were still able to surpass our goal by raising $62,603.90!!
We were only able to achieve this goal because of the support of our Community and Bell Ringing Volunteers of Ottawa County. The 662 Bell Ringing Volunteers of Ottawa County rang the bell for 1,324 hours! Congratulations to each and every bell ringer and donor in Ottawa County, for we could not have attained this unattainable goal without you!! I was extremely pleased to have many of our Ottawa County High School and Middle School groups get involved with bell ringing and fundraising efforts this year. These young adults recognize the importance of giving back to our Community. We even had bell ringers as young as 2 years old ringing the bell!!
From the Toy collection boxes, Angel Tree Tags, Coat collections, Mitten trees, Toy donations and monetary gifts that are a steady stream in my office from October 1st through December 31st, I am, once again, speechless at the bigheartedness and overwhelming support we receive each year from the residents of Ottawa County!!!
We also have received and distributed over 1200 coats this year, through our Coats for Families Program and distributed over 6,800 toys to nearly 1,700 children through our Toy Program.
Without the generosity of the Community and Volunteers, we could not have served so many people in need in Ottawa County and these programs that The Salvation Army offer year-round, could not happen.
It is with great pride and admiration, for which I am proud to say, I live in and work in Ottawa County!
The Salvation Army-Ottawa County