Last month, students, staff, and faculty from Ross Medical Education Center in Ontario, Ohio came together to collect coats for those in need in their area during this cold winter weather. After the collection, the campus donated the coats to the Mansfield Salvation Army for their Angel Tree program. This program connects community members that are able to provide gifts and necessary items with local children and families that may not otherwise receive anything over the holidays.
The Salvation Army in the Mansfield area is very active in the community. Each year they work hard to help those in need. This year they were able to dish out 16,571 hot meals to 10,884 individuals. They were also able assist 332 families with paying for their utilities and provide 5,052 boxes of groceries which helped 14,714 individuals have all three meals for three full days which totaled 132,426 meals. Also, 93 area families were assisted with their rent and mortgage payments. Other programs, such as shoe drives, provided help to over 600 other individuals. Additionally, the Salvation Army was able to distribute over $100,000 of donated food and sundry items to those in need. (http://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/MansfieldWhatWeDo)
The Ontario campus was honored to be able to join forces with the Salvation Army as they make a tremendous positive impact on many in the community. By the end of their drive, the campus was able to donate 45 coats to the Salvation Army for area adults and children. They also were able to provide an assortment of hats, scarves, gloves, and other various winter attire. The campus was thankful to have the opportunity to help keep families in their area warm this winter and looks forward to the drive next year!
If you are interested in supporting the Salvation Army or finding out more about their programs, visit their Facebook page or their website at http://www.salvationarmy.org/. If you want to contact the Salvation Army in Mansfield, Ohio, you can call them at (419) 525-2912.