I would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to the Volunteers, Donors and every one in Ottawa County who has made our 2013 Holiday Season a success. Although our Red Kettle Goal of $64,000 was not met this year, due to a shortage of bell ringing days, we raised an amazing $60,500.70! We could not have done this without the 600 plus bell ringers, our 7 Bell ringing sites; Community Market (Oak Harbor and Port Clinton), Bassett’s, Kroger’s, Miller’s Market and WalMart and the generosity of our Community who dropped money in our Red Kettles.
I was extremely pleased, once again, to have many of our Ottawa County High School and Middle School groups and organizations 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 two 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 Oct. 1st through Dec. 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 supplied over 140 families with a Thanksgiving turkey, received and distributed over 1,100 coats this year through our Coats for Families Program, and distributed over 5,900 toys to nearly 1,500 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