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From the Kirks
On behalf of all of us here at The
Salvation Army, Happy New Year…
and thank you again for all the good
you did last year for the sake of
suffering neighbors in Central Ohio.
Thank you to all of our dedicated
volunteers who gave countless hours
at Red Kettles, staffed our Christmas
distribution programs, worked in
our food pantries and organized toy
drives. Thank you to our trusted
partners and local businesses who worked alongside us to raise funds and
toys to ensure no one in need went without.
There are many charitable causes that
deserve your trust and support. We are
especially humbled with the support from
the following this past holiday season:
Bob Evans • Ferrellgas • Fifth Third
Bank • Gorman’s Body Shop • Happy
Even though it’s January, the real work of Christmas, helping those in
dire need, is a year-round commitment for us at The Salvation Army.
May your heart be moved as you read about all the good happening in
our community. Your gifts to The Salvation Army will be used now
and throughout the year to support Salvation Army services in our
Chicken Farms • IGS Energy • Kroger
• LA Fitness • Meijer • Mid Ohio Food
Bank • Northwoods Consulting Partners
• Optimum Print Companies • Piano
Thank you and God bless you.
Conservatory • Plaskolite, Inc. • PODS •
Majors Bonnie and Frank Kirk
Divisional Leaders for
The Salvation Army in Central Ohio
Scotts Miracle Grow • Stanley Steemer
International • SWACO • Tee Jaye’s
Trusted Partner…
Because of your generous
spirit, you brightened the
holidays for thousands
in Central Ohio. We are
committed to doing the
most good for people in
need - and to make every
penny count.
Country Place • Thirty-One Gifts •
Tween Brands • US Cargo, • Value City
Furniture • Vocal Spotlight • Wendy’s
International • Xenos Church
Please continue your support of The
Salvation Army today by sending your
next gift with the enclosed reply slip.
“I didn’t really expect anything this Christmas.
But mom came home from The Salvation Army
with an armload of toys!”
-Anastasia, 2rd grade
Christmas Cheer Program Recipient
The Salvation Army
in Central Ohio
966 E. Main St. Columbus, OH 43205
Monetary Donations:
Erika Shemberg 614.437.2146
[email protected]
Donate used items:
Thrift Store Warehouse, 1.800.SA-TRUCK
Community Relations/Newsletter Editor:
Kelli Trinoskey, 614.437.2138
[email protected]
Dinah O’Dell, 614.358.2627
[email protected]
“Thank you for helping my family with our needs and even
some wants!”
The Warner Family, Adopt-a-Family Recipients
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Winter 2013
hen her daughter and three
grandchildren came to live with
her right before Christmas,
Nancy Phlenton didn’t know how she
was going to be able to provide food for
the additional family members, let alone
provide them with a joyful Christmas.
The children had already been through so
much with the sudden death of their father
and their mother losing her job. She just
couldn’t stand the thought of not having
anything for them under the tree. Then
a friend at church told her about The
Salvation Army.
On the Thursday before Christmas, Nancy
arrived at The Salvation Army’s Christmas
Cheer Program and was greeted by warm
faces and friendly smiles. Christmas music
played in the background.
“When I got to the front of the line, I
couldn’t believe my eyes. I got to pick out
a toy for each of my grandchildren from
Thank you for helping children and
families during their time of need
a huge selection. A kind volunteer walked
along with me, helping me carry what they
gave me next: a large food box full of fresh
food to feed everyone a special meal,” says
Phlenton. “What a blessing. I cannot begin
to thank you enough for the generosity and
care you have shown to my family in our
time of need.”
Without the support of our
holiday partners and donors
like you, we would never
have been able to accomplish
the huge feat of providing
fresh food and toys to our
neighbors in need.
A Friend in The
Salvation Army
Charitable Support
page 4
page 2
A Helping Hand
for the Holidays
page 3
“Thanks to friends
like you, The
Salvation Army is
an oasis of hope.”
Wish List
We are publishing a few of the supplies we hope you can donate to help
us in our work. If you can, please call
Kelli Trinoskey at 614.437.2138 or
send an email to
[email protected].
Small needs
• Small study Bibles
• Recovery Bibles
• Twin-sized sleeping cot
• Play parachute for children’s
Bigger hopes
• Used Musical Instruments
• Alto Horns
• Baritones
• B Flat Tubas
• Cornets
• Drum set
• Euphoniums
• French Horn
• Trombones
• Trumpets
• Tuba
Big Dreams
• Wii games and learning activities
Dedicated Volunteer Shares
Her Personal Connection
volunteering at The Salvation
Army’s Christmas Cheer
Program, the largest holiday food
and toy distribution in the state, for
over 20 years. She is one of the
over 1200 dedicated volunteers who
work as toy shop elves, greeters, cart
runners and food shop workers. They
come together to ensure Christmas
Cheer is an uplifting experience for
everyone. As they work to the sounds
of cheery Christmas music, they also
work tirelessly to ensure central Ohio
families have help in the form of food
and toys during the holidays.
Bryd, she comes back year after year
for a very personal reason.
“Over twenty years ago, when we had
fallen on tough times, my mother and
I went through this line,” says Byrd.
“After we’d picked out our toys and
received our basket of food, we were in
tears because we were so overwhelmed
by the love and generosity.”
So the Byrd family pays it forward by
bringing a group of over twenty people
and family members with her each year
to give back. “It is so much better to
give than to receive. I love being a
part of the joy and hope that Christmas
Cheer brings. I love chatting with the
Helping Hands
We couldn’t have served the nearly 7,000 families this past Christmas without
collaboration between Walmart, 92.3 WCOL, WBNS-10TV, and The Columbus
Dispatch called A Helping Hand for the Holidays. Through toy drives at local
Walmart stores, a day-long phone bank and toy drive and numerous promotions
and on-air programming, the Central Ohio community answered the call for funds
and toys. Thank you cards and notes from grateful families are pouring into our
Even though the
holidays have past,
people are still in
need and at risk
of going hungry.
Please give today.
92.3 WCOL’s Stacie Raterman, Cassie Murray,
Katie Davis and Grant Gundlach greet fans
and collect toys during the Helping Hand for
the holidays toy drive at Walmart
The 28th Annual God and Country Concert
“I teach my children that we’re
only a prayer away from this
being us.” - Tyrrea Bryd, Volunteer
families about their holiday plans and hear from
folks about how grateful they are for the help
that The Salvation Army is able to provide
during tough financial times.
Saturday, April 21st at 7pm, Dublin Jerome High School
Major Frank Kirk and Walmart’s John Rencher speak with WBNS-10TV’s
Chuck Strickler before the Helping Hand for the holidays toy caravan
Joining the stage with the Brass Band of Columbus (10-time
North American Brass Band Association Champions) will be
the Canadian Staff Band of The Salvation Army. Admission is
free. For more information please visit the event tab at
“The Canadian Staff Band performance in Toronto was
simply outstanding… Columbus is in for a real treat.”
- Dr. Eric Aho, Founder and Director, All-Star Brass Bands
The 2013 Shooters for Food Sporting Clays Event
We wish to especially thank the Kiwanis Club of Columbus for their continued and
long-term support of our Red Kettle Campaign. This year in particular, they stood at
Kettles for a total of 70 hours and donated funds totaling $8,753.
Friday, May 17th
WBNS-10TV’s Kristyn Hartman lends a hand at a Red Kettle at Easton
To reserve your spot to participate in the sporting clay shooting
tournament benefitting The Salvation Army, contact
Dinah O’Dell at 614-358-2627 or
[email protected].