By Susan Hartley
January 2, 2014
To the Editor,
The Salvation Army would like to thank the people of Piqua and the surrounding communities for their generosity during our annual Red Kettle/Angel Tree campaign this Christmas. Even though our kettle campaign was short of its goal, The Salvation Army was able to help a total of 1,107 people with food, clothing, and gifts 491 of them being children under 13. We will also provide residents in need with food, prescriptions, rent, and utility assistance during the year 2014 because of your support during the campaign.
We want to thank everyone who helped by standing kettles, sorting canned food, packing toys, and those who volunteered to help distribute the gifts and food this past December. Our thanks also go out to each location that allowed us to stand to collect donations: Kroger, Miami Valley Centre Mall, Family Dollar and WalMart. We also want to thank the Miami Valley Centre Mall, WalMart, Cracker Barrel, Lee’s Chicken, Dairy Queen, Kroger, St. Paul’s Church, Edison Community College, Fifth Third Bank Covington, and the Hair Studio on High for sponsoring Angel Trees. Thank you Bob Bloom and Toys for Tots for helping us collect toys and New Tech Plastics for supplying the toy bags. Thanks also go out to the Piqua City Schools, 36 Skate Club and Pioneer Electric for their participation in the canned food drive and to those who contributed to our Red Kettle Society or who participated in the Corporate Challenge. We want to thank every corporation, office, church, and family or individual who took an Angel Tree tag or adopted a family for the season. The need was great this year but the love and generosity in the community was greater!
Again please accept a heartfelt thank you from us. Your generosity and compassion allow us to help those in need all year long.
Captains Doug and Bethannie Dolder
Lieutenant Annie Buckles