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Salvation Army Providing Relief During Metro Toledo's Water Crisis

Meeting Needs at the Point of Need at the Time of Need

TOLEDO, OH (August 3, 2014) - In the early morning hours of August 2nd, the Metro Toledo area, encompassing over 500,000 people, learned the unimaginable - their water supply had been compromised due to unacceptable levels of a toxin produced from harmful blue-green algae known as microcystis. Residents were ordered not to drink, brush their teeth, wash dishes, or bathe in the water. Once notified of the water crisis facing the community, The Salvation Army mobilized its forces.

"We knew that in order to face this crisis head on, we had to divide and conquer," shared Captain Kevin Zanders, Area Coordinator for The Salvation Army's Northwest Ohio Area Services. "I gathered all of the water bottles in our inventory and began to check on those who are known to The Salvation Army as being housebound or transportation limited."

In the meantime, Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Associate Area Coordinator, drove 90 minutes south in bumper-to-bumper traffic to find water, as the water crisis and the ensuing panic had rendered all local and surrounding store shelves temporarily bare of water. After purchasing the water, she realized that the weight of the load exceeded her vehicle limitations. Two good Samaritans, Patrick and Michael, saw her struggle and offered to follow her back to Toledo with the remaining water. They wanted no reimbursement. They said that the good feeling they got from doing the right thing was reward enough.

"While Patrick and Michael did not think their good deed was extraordinary," shared Captain Tawny, "I can assure you it was. Without these kind gentlemen's assistance, the water our community so desperately needed would not have made it back. They are true examples of ‘doing the most good for the most people in the most need'."

Since the water crisis facing the community began, The Salvation Army has served over 2,102 individuals, including 140 housebound and transportation limited households, distributed 7,450 water bottles, and served 457 meals and 420 snacks at three water distribution sites located throughout the city.

"We are truly grateful to the 27 volunteers who have logged in a total of 390 hours of service to our community," expressed Captain Kevin. "Without their uncommon acts of compassion, many of the most vulnerable in our community - children, elderly, housebound, sick - would have faced an unthinkable calamity. We are grateful to them and our donors who give us the privilege of being their hands to the community."

The Salvation Army remains committed to serving the community, both during this crisis and throughout the year. If you or anyone you know are in need, please contact The Salvation Army at (419) 241-1138.

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WEATHER IMPACTS RED KETTLE WEEKEND MATCH AT LOCAL THE ANDERSONS STORES; THE ANDERSONS OFFERS A "FINISH THE CAMPAIGN MATCH" OF $20,000 THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE

The Salvation Army had a successful red kettle collection at Toledo area The Andersons stores December 12 - 14. Unfortunately, the weather negatively impacted donations during the weekend.

Recognizing the impact of the snowstorm on collections, The Andersons has committed to a dollar for dollar "finish the campaign match" of $20,000 through Christmas Eve at the kettles at the three The Andersons locations. The campaign match is funded from The Andersons Inc. Charitable Foundation according to Julie Payeff, Community Commitment Manager for The Andersons.
"We are hoping that the community will recognize this generosity and make an extra effort to donate during the remaining days of the campaign," said Captain Kevin Zanders, who serves as the Area Coordinator of The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio along with his wife, Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders.
Cowen-Zanders added, "The kindness and generosity of The Andersons is humbling. Their initiative and the support of all of our donors will change lives. Our community is blessed."
In addition to the impact of last weekend's weather, the organization also faces the loss of collection days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since Thanksgiving fell later, there are fewer days to collect the funds needed to meet community needs.
The money collected and the matched dollars will be used this Christmas season and throughout the coming year to bring hope to those in need throughout our community.
Captains Zanders and Cowen-Zanders are the Area Coordinators for The Salvation Army's Northwest Ohio Area Services, which includes Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, and Henry Counties.


The Andersons 3 for 1 Match Weekend

The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle campaign to raise funds for those in need in our community will get a huge boost on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Dec. 12, 13, 14) when donations made at local Andersons locations will be matched by the Andersons, up to $150,000.

Every $1 deposited in a red kettle during this period at any of the three Andersons locations will be matched by $3 from the Andersons, Inc.

"In order to maximize this opportunity, Red Kettle collections need to reach $50,000 at The Andersons over these three days," said Captain Kevin Zanders, who serves as the Area Coordinator of The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio along with his wife, Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders. "We are hoping that the community will recognize this opportunity and make an effort to donate on these days at these locations. Anyone who contributes should feel good about his or her part in generating increased revenue."

Cowen-Zanders added, "It is our sincere hope that both donors and recipients join us in thanking the Andersons for their generosity. Their kindness will truly change lives."

One of the challenges the organization faces this year is the loss of collection days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since Thanksgiving fell later, there are fewer days to collect the funds needed to meet community needs.

The money collected and the matched dollars will be used this Christmas season and throughout the coming year to bring hope to those in need throughout our community.

Captains Zanders and Cowen-Zanders are the Area Coordinators for The Salvation Army's Northwest Ohio Area Services, which includes Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, and Henry Counties.