To the editor: The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Unit would like to thank the community for opening their hearts during the recent Christmas season and making our Red Kettle Campaign a huge success.
The Red Kettle Campaign surpassed the budgeted goal of $45,000, raising a total of $52,908.22. We could not have accomplished this task if not for all the countless hours of volunteers and donations. Thanks to all involved, including the hard work and dedication from all the bell-ringing volunteers – the Port Clinton Advisory Board; the staff at Huntington Bank, which provided all the banking needs and the wonderful owners and staff at the seven “ringing” locations – Bassett’s; Community Market Port Clinton/Oak Harbor; Kroger; Miller’s Market Genoa; and Wal-Mart. A special thanks goes to residents of Ottawa County, specifically the Oak Harbor, Elmore and Genoa areas, who volunteered for the first time and took the challenge of our economy at heart by pulling together to make this unreachable goal reachable.
The Port Clinton Service Unit also would like to extend a thank you to all involved with our Coats for Families program, which has provided more than 848 Ottawa County residents with warm winter coats. Also, thanks to The Beacon, with its mitten tree, The News Herald, Executive Cleaners, Howard Hanna and all the local residents who made this program a great success.
In addition, the Annual Toy and Food Drive was a success. The drive, held in collaboration with The Holiday Bureau and Toys for Tots, distributed more than 4,500 toys to over 1,676 children. Again, this was made possible through a group effort of the community; businesses that allowed The Salvation Army to put our boxes out for distribution; the generous response from the community in donating toys; and Mon Ami’s “Annual Tree A Rama” with all proceeds going to the purchase of toys.
The Port Clinton Service Unit is proud to serve our local community and appreciates the exceptional response by our residents with going above and beyond to help The Salvation Army continue their efforts in providing assistance for our community.
Director, The Salvation Army
Time for recognition
To the editor: January has been designated as School Board Recognition Month. The School of Hope and Sandco Industries would like to acknowledge the fine leadership provided by members of the Sandusky County Board of DD. This group of dedicated volunteers has made a powerful difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. Our current board members include Lisa Edris, Diane Gorman, Red Haslinger, Rob Lytle, Janet Michaels and Kent Weickert. Please thank these local citizens who make decisions that affect, influence and direct the services provided to individuals with disabilities in Sandusky County and who ensure these individuals have opportunities to live fulfilling lives.
Superintendent, School of Hope and Sandco Industries
To the editor: The employees at the Fiske Brothers Refining Company have shown consistent generosity to young children attending the Toledo Public Schools.
The Fiske Brothers Refining Company, located at 1500 Oakdale Ave., manufactures rerefining lubricating oils and greases. The company employees have provided for children who attend the Toledo Public School system’s Special Education Preschool program, particularly what is now the East Toledo Preschool, site for 15 years. Over the past 15 years the Fiske brothers have donated many articles of clothing and a variety of school equipment for the children.
The Fiske Brothers employees will also play Santa Claus every year. Each teacher is asked to provide a list of all their students’ names and the children’s toy preferences. The employees will then buy a very nice gift individually wrapped and placed in a holiday gift bag for each child.
This year, the teachers discovered last minute that two children’s families were not going to be able to afford to have a Christmas. The teachers were able to pull together at least 10 extra presents, many of which were donated by the Fiske Brothers employees.
Thank you, Fiske Brothers for your kind hearts and generosity. You made it possible for two children who would have had nothing to wake up to have presents on Christmas morning this year. Your kindness is inspiring and has made a great impact for many young children.
Teacher, East Toledo Preschool
Observations of life
To the editor: I complain about old age. Each passing year, I am less competent. I am forgetful and I constantly knock things down, spill things and goof up the simplest jobs. It is disgusting to be just a shadow of the man you once were.
On the bright side, I see my kids, my grandkids and great-grandkids. My wife was an excellent mother. She did a fine job raising the kids. I have a very active social life so I should stop complaining so much – life is good.
I figure I have a few more good years – maybe – but I am becoming curious about the next life.
Will the next life be wonderful? Will I see all my loved ones again? Will I play chess with my father again?
As a boy and teenager, I often wrestled with my father. The last time we wrestled, I was 18 and Dad was 50. We wrestled even.
I told my kids what kind of music to play as background music at the funeral home so I can dance on my casket – maybe with Mom and Dad.
It has been a good life, full of good and bad, sorrow and happiness, struggle, failure and success.
My goal is to die with a smile on my face.