This is a time of year when Director Maureen M. Saponari of the Salvation Army’s Port Clinton Service Unit can finally take a deep breath and relax — but not before reporting to an army of volunteers and supporters about the amazing success of their Christmas Campaign in Ottawa County.
“With an overflowing heart, I’m delighted by the success of The Salvation Army’s 2019 Holiday Season Programs,” said Saponari. “Each day, as we hear in the media and news in our own community, there are events happening that have a way of putting life’s perspectives in order.
“Words cannot describe the pride and admiration I feel, living in Ottawa County where I am blessed to have the opportunity to recount numerous interactions with both those in need and those who donate.”
It is gratifying to see, she said, that all of the hard work and long hours by so many have not only pushed The Salvation Army – Port Clinton Service Unit to meet its Red Kettle goal of $67,000, but actually surpass it by raising $69,169.
“We also exceeded our giving capacity in so many extra ways,” said Saponari. “Beside the $69,169 we raised in the Red Kettles, we also welcomed donations of countless toys, bikes, coats, hats, gloves, socks, boots, pajamas and mittens donated to those in need. It far surpassed what we had been able to provide in
It took an overwhelming effort by the 518 volunteers and their 1,753 hours of bell ringing, as well as collecting, sorting and distributing toys. And their warm welcome from the Red Kettles sites, which included Kroger’s, Friendship Food Stores, Millers and Community Market in Oak Harbor.
Saponari noted the Salvation Army’s 16th annual Tree A Rama at Mon Ami Restaurant and Historic Winery also raised $14,778, helping volunteers to distribute more than 7,800 toys to over 1,240 children.
“It is an honor to say I work and live in Ottawa County, and am able to serve those in need through the Salvation Army,” said Saponari. “I am truly blessed — and pretty tired after a very hectic 38 days of holiday programs.”