Salvation Army surpasses goal

Sunday, The Salvation Army of Tiffin recognized volunteers, donors and sponsors for the success of its 2012 Red Kettle campaign and announced special events going on for February. About 50 people attended the luncheon at the Tiffin Citadel.

Area stores that allowed kettles to be set up at their locations included Ace Hardware, Big Lots, Heritage IGA, Kroger, Penny’s and Walmart. Businesses that hosted smaller, counter-style kettles were G&W, the Party Store, St. Joseph Federal Credit Union, all three Tiffin Bake Shops and Varsity Barber Shop.

Captain Becky Stetzer said she could not give an accurate count of all the people who helped during the holiday season.

“We had 137 volunteers to get the boxes ready, get the toys ready, bake cookies, set up (for the distribution) or be the ‘elves.’ Then there were all the people who took Angel Tree tags,” Stetzer said. “It was wonderful.”

In 2011, the kettles brought in $34,469.35. The goal of $32,000 was set for 2012, but the total was $37,386.90.

Although the holidays have passed, the needs remain. The Salvation Army is hoping for a generous response to the “Have a Heart Food Drive,” which is to start Saturday and end Feb. 16. The public is asked to donate non-perishable food items, personal care products, cleaning supplies and paper goods to replenish the shelves at the Salvation Army, FISH food pantry and Morrison House. Local churches, the Tiffin VFW, Heritage IGA and the United Way office are to accept donations.

Starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, the Salvation Army is to host a Super Bowl Party at 505 E. Market St. Football fans can watch the game on a big-screen television and enjoy plenty of food. Children and those who don’t want to watch can make a craft project and play board games or video games.

For Valentine’s Day, the Salvation Army is selling candy roses for $1 each or $10 per dozen through Feb. 16. A variety of Hugs candies also can be purchased. To order, call (419) 447-2252.