Toronto Salvation Army kettle drive is a success

TORONTO – Doris Starr, city unit of the Salvation Army co-director and treasurer, said nothing makes her smile like the generosity of the people of the Gem City.

Despite a rocky local economy, this year’s unit-sponsored kettle drive raised $12,450, she said.

“That’s $84 more than last year, so it was a very successful year,” said Starr.

The majority of the unit’s operating expenses for the coming year are raised during the kettle drive, and Starr said while the people have been generous, the need is still great.

“The need is about the same (as last year),” said Starr. “We’re just halfway through January, and so far we’ve been working hard helping people.”

Starr first thanked the citizens of Toronto for their assistance, as well as bell ringers that manned the kettles this year, including citizens representing the Toronto First Presbyterian Church; the First United Methodist Church; the Toronto Nazarene Church; the North River Avenue Christian Church; the Bell Chapel United Methodist Church; the St. Francis and St. Joseph Catholic churches; the Toronto Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star 583; the TEMS Joint Ambulance district; and Toronto High School students.

Starr also thanked and commended Don Redmond, kettle drive coordinator, and his assistants Ed Stacey and Carl Oprisch. She also thanked Mike and Vickie Grant for their assistance as well.

“(Redmond) has helpers he can call to help fill in when needed,” said Starr, who also thanked those volunteers.

“I also want to thank Jefferson County Cable for running a nice promotional piece for us as well as giving (the unit) a donation,” Starr continued.

She noted the entire community needed to be congratulated for its generosity.

“It takes the whole community to make it work along with donations through the year to serve the community’s need, which isn’t getting any less,” she said, adding the unit’s volunteers are what make the organization work. “We have a very dedicated group of volunteers.”

The unit office is in the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.