Nat’l Machinery boosts United Way past $120K

Tiffin-Seneca United Way Executive Director Pat DeMonte and Campaign Chairman Eric Shook announced National Machinery LLC donated $80,000 toward the “Lighting a Way Towards a Better Future” campaign at a reporting luncheon Friday.

Also, National Machinery employees donated $20,126.

DeMonte read a message from CEO Andrew Kalnow at the meeting. In it, Kalnow said he was “happy to help” and that the reason for the large donation was to celebrate National Machinery’s 140th year anniversary in 2014.

The United Way Campaign has hit a reported total of $120,264.84.

With additional monetary donations by Reino’s Pizza and Pasta, Meshech Frost Foundation and Tiffin Developmental Center, DeMonte reported, the percentage raised is about 30 percent of the goal.

MST Pub and Grub also donated gift certificates to use as prizes.

“This is unprecedented at this time of year,” she said.

In other news, the United Way Day of Caring is to be conducted Oct. 19 at Seneca County Opportunity Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Service projects begin at 9 a.m. until noon, with lunch to follow.

To register, visitTiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., call at (419) 448-0355 or go online at

During the Day of Caring, the United Way is to conduct a food drive. Residents in Tiffin are asked to put out non-perishable food items, personal and paper products before 9 a.m. for pickup.

Residents can also drop off donations Monday through Friday at the United Way or Tiffin Community YMCA.

Proceeds are to benefit The Salvation Army, Morrison House and Fish Food Pantry.

United Way is also to have a Bob Evans Community Fundraiser 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 21; 15 percent of sales will go to the United Way with the presentation of the flyer.