Thanks for those supporting the Salvation Army

To the editor:

Because of the generosity of our community, the Salvation Army was able to make this Christmas season more joyful for 200 families, over 400 children this past holiday season. We appreciate each person’s contribution, whether time, talent or resources.

In particular, we salute:

— The men and women of area service clubs and civic organizations who served at our Christmas kettles and the organizations they represent: Boy Scout Troop 6; Boy Scout Pack 3, Salem Rotary, Salem Kiwanis, Damascus Ruritans, 4-H Club Circle 62; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Spanish Club, Eastern Star group of Columbiana and many more.

— The businesses, organizations, churches and local card clubs that sponsored families through the Angel Tree program, Elks, AT&T, Haltec, Ventra, Columbus McKinnon, St. Paul Church, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Italian Club, Salem Fitness Club, BB Rooners, Consumers Bank, Shoe Sensation, First Friends Church , Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Plummer and Jackson, CMI Industry, Columbiana High School, The Lady Saxons, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Suzy’s Closet, Elkton Prison, Lyle Printing and Farm and Dairy.

— The dedicated members of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, under the leadership of Russell Hill.

— Our 2018 Red Kettle Sponsors: Lyle Printing, Global-Pak Inc., Williams and Associates, Bob and Linda Sebo, R.T. Vernal Paving and Excavating, Gordon Bros Water, Geoffrey and Kim Goll, BOC Water Hydraulics, and Aid Pest Control.

— Volunteers who took time to stand at our different kettle locations or helped on the toy distribution day, visited those in the nursing homes and offered to pick a tag off the Angel Tree and purchased items for a boy or girl.

— The thousands of contributors who gave a total of $60,921.01, so that many who might otherwise have been forgotten experience the joy of Christmas.

With your support, we will continue doing the most good for those in need throughout the year.

God bless you!

LT. GENE and ANGELICA SPENCE,

Corps commanding officers

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