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Upcoming Events In Lucas County and the Greater Toledo Area:

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.

Past Events:

Final Distribution Date

Due to the outpouring of generosity from the Northwest Ohio community and the increased need in the community, The Salvation Army will host an additional distribution day for Christmas toys on Friday, December 20, 2013, on a first come, first serve basis. The additional distribution will be at The Salvation Army offices downtown at 620 N Erie Street. 

On Friday, parents and guardians may come between 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  They will apply for assistance, and if approved, will be given toys that same day.

 The following documentation is required for all applications:

1. Picture ID for all adults in the household

2. Proof of income for the household (current date within 30 days)

a. Pay Stub OR

b. Unemployment OR

c. SS/SSI/SSD Printout

3. Proof of address (must have the applicants name, address, and a current date within 30 days)

a. Utility bill OR

b. Rent receipt

4. Birth certificates for each child in the household OR one of the following (which must include a birthdate):

a.      Medical card OR

b. Report card OR

c. Printout from Social Security OR

d. Income tax return from 2012 OR

e. Custody papers (if child is not birth child)

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.

Final Application Day for Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Holiday Assistance for a final day in Lucas County on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army offices located at 620 N Erie Street from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The following documentation is required for all applications:

  • 1. Picture ID for all adults in the household
  • 2. Proof of income for the household (current date within 30 days)

    • a. Pay Stub OR
    • b. Unemployment OR
    • c. SS/SSI/SSD Printout
  • 3. Proof of address (must have the applicants name, address, and a current date within 30 days)

    • a. Utility bill OR
    • b. Rent receipt
  • 4. Birth certificates for each child in the household OR one of the following (which must include a birthdate):

    • a. Medical card OR
    • b. Report card OR
    • c. Printout from Social Security OR
    • d. Income tax return from 2012 OR
    • e. Custody papers (if child is not birth child)

In 2012, The Salvation Army assisted 2,259 families during the Christmas season through Christmas Assistance, and 155 more families through the "Adopt-A-Family" program. The Salvation Army is currently looking for individuals or groups who are interested in participating in the annual "Adopt-A-Family" or "Adopt-A-Kettle" campaigns. For more information about either program, please visit our website at www.salvationarmynwohio.org or contact The Salvation Army at 419-241-1138.

2013 Red Kettle Campaign Kick Off

The official kick off of the Red Kettle campaign for 2013 will be taking place at The Andersons location in Maumee on Friday, November 15, 2013. Captains Kevin Zanders and Tawny Cowen-Zanders will start the annual kick off at 11:45 am. The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio is honored to again have Dan Anderson, from The Andersons, as the honorary chairperson for this year's campaign. The goal of this year's campaign will be announced during the kick off.

Each penny, nickel, and dime add up to almost 20% of The Salvation Army's annual budget. The money raised during the Red Kettle campaign stays in Northwest Ohio and is used for many different social services programs such as utility assistance, tax assistance, rent assistance, budgeting classes, and food pantries, plus many more.

In the greater Toledo area there will be over 50 Red Kettle locations, such as The Andersons, Walmart, Kroger, Walt Churhill's Market, Bass Pro, Sam's Club, and Hobby Lobby locations. The annual Red Kettle campaign will conclude on Christmas Eve.

Application Dates For Christmas Assistance

Applications will be accepted at Jobs & Family Services (3210 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43606) on the following dates in October: 1, 3, 8, and 10 from 9:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army (620 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604) from Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Documentation Needed:

  • 1. Current ID for all adults in the household

    2. Proof of income for the household (current date within 30 days)

    • a. Pay Stub OR
    • b. Unemployment OR
    • c. SS/SSI/SSD Printout

    3. Proof of address (must have the applicants name, address, and a current date within 30 days)

    • a. Utility bill OR
    • b. Rent receipt

    4. Birth certificates for each child in the household OR one of the following (which must include a birthdate):

    • a. Medical card OR
    • b. Report card OR
    • c. Printout from Social Security OR
    • d. Income tax return from 2012 OR
    • e. Custody papers (if child is not birth child)

New York Staff Band Concert

The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio is proud to be hosting The Salvation Army's New York Staff Band on Friday, October 18, 2013. The New York Staff Band has a reputation of being one of the finest brass bands in the world. The free concert will start at 7:00 pm at the Westgate Chapel located at 2500 Wilford Drive, Toledo. The concert will be open to anyone who would like to attend and will be family friendly. A free will offering will take place to benefit The Salvation Army. Any questions please call The Salvation Army at (419) 241-1138.

The Salvation Army's New York Staff Band celebrated its 125 anniversary last year in 2012. Its mission is to bring public awareness to the work of The Salvation Army, to support fund raising efforts, and to provide a model of ministry and music making. The 30 members who make up the band are all Salvation Army officers, employees or students.

Please contact The Salvation Army in Lucas County with any questions - (419) 241-1138.

Tools for School Distribution

Distribution for our Tools for Schools school supply assistance program in Lucas County will be Tuesday, August 13 at The Salvation Army at 620 N Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Applications will not be accepted the day of. Please call 419-241-1138.

Tools for School Collection Boxes

School may just be ending for the year but, for The Salvation Army, it is already time to start thinking about the next school year. Every summer, The Salvation Army collects school supplies that will be distributed to local students who may not have easy access to the supplies needed for a successful school year. This year, The Salvation Army is asking for your help. The Salvation Army would like to increase their number of collection boxes for their Tools for School program since the need increases every year. With your help, students in our community will be able to begin school with the tools needed to help them succeed in school.

Collection boxes can be easily placed at businesses to encourage employees and customers to donate. Organizations or groups are encouraged to host their own school supply drives to benefit The Salvation Army. Boxes and signage will be distributed by The Salvation Army, along with a list of needed school supplies such as folders, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, notebooks, etc.

To sign up as a collection site, please contact Janna Van Zee at 419-241-1138 ext 116 or e-mail her at janna.vanzee@use.salvationarmy.org. Collection dates are from July 8 until July 27, 2013.

Christmas in July on Put-In-Bay!

The Salvation Army needs your help! The Salvation Army will be bringing our iconic Red Kettles to Put-In-Bay on July 20th and July 27th and are in need of volunteer bell ringers for Put-In-Bay's Christmas in July festivities. Transportation to and from the Island will be provided by The Jet Express for our confirmed volunteers. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation to Port Clinton. Space is limited, so sign up early! Update: Volunteers spots are full.

Christmas in July in Downtown Toledo

The Salvation Army will be out and about with their Red Kettles during the second annual Christmas In July Pub Crawl in downtown Toledo on Thursday, July 25. The Kettles will be out between 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the following restaurants: The Blarney, Table Forty 4, The Bronze Boar, Ye Old Dirty Bird, Home Slice Pizza, and Ye Old Cock and Bull Tavern.

Tools for School Applications

Applications for School Supply Assistance through our Tools for School campaign will be accepted on July 24 and July 25, 2013 at The Salvation Army located at 620 N Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Please call 419-241-1138 for more information. Distribution of school supplies will be on August 13, 2013 for applicants.

Kids Swinging for Kids

The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio is honored to be partnering again with the Toledo Junior Golf Association for their third annual Kids Swinging for Kids Golf Outing on Thursday, July 18, 2013. This year's golf outing will be at Riverby Golf Course at 16571 W River Road in Bowling Green, OH. Sponsor opportunities are available. Please contact Janna Van Zee for more information: janna.vanzee@use.salvationarmy.org.

June 7, 2013 is National Donut Day!

The first Friday of every June, The Salvation Army celebrates National Doughnut Day. The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States through the simple act of feeding American soldiers this tasty confection during World War I. Doughnuts were actually made in the steel helmets of soldiers over an open fire. It seems that donuts existed in the United States prior to the events of World War I, but they were far less popular and well-known. The explosion in popularity of the doughnut in the United States occurred after World War I, when the huge number of American troops who had come to enjoy the snack staple returned home. The troops even became known as "doughboys", and the demand for the snack from these returning Americans fueled the mass production of donuts. The relatively low cost of production also assisted the growth in popularity of the snack from the 1920s onward.

During the Great Depression The Salvation Army began honoring World War I salvation army volunteers and "doughnut lassies", on the first "National Doughnut Day". Among those honored were Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance who came up with the idea of frying doughnuts in soldiers' helmets near the front lines as a quick treat. The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning "doughboys." National Doughnut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938.

Today, the first Friday in June each year marks an important date in American food history and raises awareness for the critical services that The Salvation Army provides to those in need each day.

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The Salvation Army to Distribute EFSP Funds
Local residents can apply for emergency utility assistance through The Salvation Army

April 5, 2013 (NORTHWEST OHIO) - Recently, The Salvation Army in Northwest Ohio received funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These funds are designated for emergency utility assistance to local residents. Emergency assistance can be used for electric, gas, fuel oil, and propane utilities that have a disconnect notice or are disconnected.

Residents seeking emergency assistance in Lucas County may call The Salvation Army at 419-241-3549, Monday through Friday, in the morning, to make an appointment with social services to have their case reviewed at The Salvation Army offices located at 620 North Erie Street, Toledo, Ohio. Residents seeking emergency assistance in Wood County, in or near Bowling Green, may call The Salvation Army at 419-352-5918, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, to make an appointment at their offices at 1045 N Main Street, Suite 8 in Bowling Green. Residents of Wood County, in or near North Baltimore, may call 419-257-2334 on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:00 am and 11:00 am to schedule an appointment at The Salvation Army offices at 117 North Tarr Street in North Baltimore

Certain requirements must be met, such as living within 200% of the poverty level. Individuals applying for emergency utility assistance must bring the following documentation: current identification, proof of income for any individual over the age of 19 living in the household, birth certificates or medical cards for any individuals under the age of 18 living in the household, current bill in disconnect or termination status, and a lease or mortgage with the individuals name and address on it. If you have any questions, please call 419-241-3549.

March and April 2013: Feinstein Food Drive

The Salvation Army of Northwest Ohio will be hosting a food drive from March 1 until April 30 in conjunction with the Feinstein Foundation. The Salvation Army is asking for non-perishable foods that can be distributed through their food pantry at their downtown offices, as well as monetary donations.

Food will be collected at various sites across the Toledo area, but The Salvation Army is looking for more groups or organizations who would like collection boxes at their sites. If your group or organization would like to have a collection box at your site, please contact The Salvation Army at 419-241-1138.

The Salvation Army continues to see an increase in requests for food due to the poor economic conditions in Northwest Ohio. The Salvation Army serves approximately 850 individuals each month through their food pantry and Mobile Social Service Unit. The Feinstein Foundation will distribute up to one million dollars this year to participants in the food drives, all over the United States.

Each year since 1996, the Feinstein Foundation, started by Alan Shawn Feinstein, encourages non-profits and churches across the country to host food drives in an attempt to end hunger in the United States. Each non-profit and church reports the total of food and monetary donations, then will receive a portion of the million dollars. The more food and monetary donations each group brings in will increase the amount of the donation money from the Feinstein Foundation.

Food items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 620 N. Erie St. Toledo, Ohio, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p..m.

13th Annual Thank You Luncheon

March 8, 2013 (NORTHWEST OHIO) - The Salvation Army was proud to host their 13th annual Thank You Luncheon for their volunteers on Friday, March 8, 2013. The luncheon was held at the UAW Local 12 Hall located at 2300 Ashland Ave. The goal of the luncheon was to give back to the men and women who selflessly donate their time to help The Salvation Army ‘do the most good' in Northwest Ohio. Without volunteers, The Salvation Army wouldn't be able to operate at the current capacity it does in the five counties it supports. The five counties are Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Henry, and Fulton.

Several groups and individuals were given awards. The Salvation Army presented Clear Channel with their Media Appreciation Award because of the effort they put into both their Tools For School Radio-A-Thon in August, as well as their annual Toy-A-Thon in December. The Business Award was given to Vito's Pizza and Subs because of the support the pizza and sub chain is always ready to give. The Oregon Men's Prayer group was presented a Group Appreciation Award because of their volunteer support they give every year.

Three other groups were recognized because of their volunteer work with the Red Kettle Campaign during the holiday season. The volunteer group raising the most money at the Kettles and totaling $7,663.27 was the Lucas County Sheriff's Department. The second place group was the Mockensturm and Stoiber families who worked together to raise $6,654.51, and third place, raising $3,555.51 was Epworth United Methodist Church. Volunteer groups are a vital part of the annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Surrounding counties also honored their own individual volunteers. Vernon Oyer was recognized for his volunteerism from Wauseon. Retsy Cutcher was honored from Ottawa County, as well as the Golden Sisters in Christ group from Walbridge.

Food Pantry Update

Effective Tuesday, February 19, 2013, The Salvation Army food pantry will no longer accept walk-ins. Please call 419-241-3549 between 8:30am and 10:30am daily to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be available Monday through Friday.

Free Tax Preparation

February 2, 2013 (NORTHWEST OHIO) - The Salvation Army, in cooperation with The Ohio Benefit Bank, will hold a free Tax Clinic at their building located at 620 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604 on Saturday, February 2, 2013, by appointment. The clinic will provide an opportunity to use computer equipment to complete tax returns electronically.

Persons with an income of $60,000.00 or less are eligible for this free service. Please call 419-241-3549 to schedule an appointment. The following items should be brought: all W2s, any other tax documents they received, and last year's return if possible. These items will assure a tax return may be filed.

Red Kettle Campaign Results

January 15, 2013 (NORTHWEST OHIO) - Overwhelming support from the community, including businesses, media, celebrity bell ringers (including Muddy and Spike), and a match from The Andersons resulted in The Salvation Army exceeding its goal for the 2012 Red Kettle Campaign.

The Salvation Army's 2012 Red Kettle campaign collected $572,600.81, which surpassed the goal of $570,000.

The grand total includes the Red Kettle campaign results from all five counties that The Salvation Army Northwest Ohio Services serves: Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Henry, and Fulton. The money stays in the community where it was raised.

Because the need increases every year, so must the effort. The Andersons offered a $10,000 dollar for dollar match on December 13, 14, and 15 this year. Local media provided celebrity bell ringers at key locations and encouraged support from their listeners and viewers.

 

Last Updated: 12/19/2013