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Salvation Army launches Red Kettle Campaign

At the Red Kettle Campaign kickoff (l-r): Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchik, Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone, Ottawa County Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari, and Capt. Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Area Coordinator-The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio. Photo by John Schaffner.

The Salvation Army's Ottawa County Unit kicked off the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign last Friday with a breakfast at Catawba Island Club. Northwest Ohio Salvation Army Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders announced the Campaign Goal would be $64,000 this year. 

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help ring the bell during the campaign, which will run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24. Two hours of bell ringing is equivalent to donating $101.03. The Salvation Army depends on local residents, organizations and businesses to Adopt-a-Kettle at their various locations during the holiday season.

All proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign are used directly to serve the needs of Ottawa County with rent/mortgage assistance, utility payments, security deposits, food, prescription medicine, clothing, and emergency shelter. The Salvation Army also provides 37 local children the opportunity to attend a cost free, weeklong summer camp at Camp NEOSA, school supplies through their Tools for School program and Christmas gifts through the Toy program, which is partnered with Toys for Tots and The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s campaign, contact Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769).

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