MEDINA — About 90 people attended the red-kettle kickoff breakfast Friday morning at the Salvation Army Medina Corps.
The annual breakfast is the start of the Salvation Army’s holiday season donation drive. The Salvation Army’s goal this year is $85,000 in kettle dollars.
Mayor Dennis Hanwell, who offered the first red-kettle dollar Friday, praised the Salvation Army for its work, saying it was needed now more than ever.
“If there’s ever a shortfall in one area, another has stepped up and filled the need here,” Hanwell said.
In 2011, the Salvation Army surpassed its goal of $75,000 by raising about $83,000, according to Lt. Angie Smith.
Red kettle campaign proceeds not only serve families that applied for Christmas assistance, but provide food, clothing, youth education programs, hot meals, utility assistance and other services year-round.
This year’s red-kettle collection locations in the Medina area include two Buehler’s markets, 275 Forest Meadows Drive and 3626 Medina Road; Hawkins Market, 233 Lafayette Road; Walmart, 4141 Pearl Road; and Giant Eagle, 870 N. Court St.
The Salvation Army also needs new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls from 6 months to 18 years.
Toy suggestions include board games, footballs, basketballs, skateboards, Barbie dolls, CD players, MP3 players, digital cameras, makeup sets, jewelry sets, and arts and crafts.
Donations can be delivered to the Salvation Army, 425 W. Liberty St., or to The Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box, 885 W. Liberty St., Medina.
For large donations, call (330) 722-6488 to have it picked up.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.