Residents donate to Toledo

FOSTORIA – People in several communities came together Sunday to help those affected by Toledo’s water crisis.

In Fostoria, people donated more than 200 cases of bottled water, 40 one-gallon jugs of water and items such as tableware, coolers and cleaning supplies.

Several people each donated 10 cases of water. One donation involved someone hearing about the situation while in Tennessee and stopping in Upper Sandusky on the way back to buy two cases to donate.

“People brought what they could bring,” Mayor Eric Keckler said.

The donation effort was publicized around 8 p.m. Saturday, and the event was 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Fostoria Fire Division’s station.

Keckler said it had been steady throughout the day with people dropping off items.

Fostorian Rachelle Caudill and her children stopped by to drop off cases of water. She said she found water for sale at Kroger, where she works.

“I got two,” she said.

Keckler, who helped staff the donation center, had talked to Renee Smith, president of Fostoria Economic Development Corp., about what officials could do to help.

Smith organized the effort and volunteered her time to collect items Sunday. Also, Warren Digby, the city’s acting fire division chief, offered the use of the station, set it up and collected water, and firefighters assisted throughout the day. Members of Keckler’s family and New Life Family Worship Center also helped.

“It’s been a good day,” Keckler said.

Donations of water also were accepted in Green Springs during Elmwood at The Springs’ “Elmwood Rocks” event Sunday.

Ronald McDonald had been booked to make an appearance at the event, which featured a parade, ice cream social and other activities. The character took up a collection of water and received several cases.

He had to leave to help with relief in Toledo; 30 McDonald’s restaurants in that area are closed because of the water situation, said Administrator Amanda Picciuto of Elmwood at The Springs’ east campus.

“He was here for a little bit,” she said.

Elmwood at The Springs still is collecting water to be donated to the relief effort.

“We’ll certainly help any way we can, that’s for sure,” she said.