The Ottumwa Courier

Ottumwa

December 20, 2012

325 families to benefit from Salvation Army donations

OTTUMWA — Generosity from strangers means Christmas dinner will be a reality for hundreds of Ottumwa-area families who may have wondered how they’d ever afford it.

Ottumwa Salvation Army pastor Captain Oliver Knuth said this year, nearly 325 families (including more than 500 children) will benefit from the distribution of food and gifts this week. These are the families that already applied and were approved for holiday assistance from The Salvation Army.

Each family will receive a ham, as well as other food, to prepare a holiday meal.

And thanks to a bunch of area businesses and individuals, the kids in those families will have presents to open, too.

The pastor said many of the toys are provided by local businesses and churches, including participants in the Toys for Tots program, donations to Sparky Clause at the Ottumwa Fire Department and the various Angel Trees at local businesses.

One of the Angel Tree businesses was the Menard’s store in Ottumwa.

“We collected over 900 toys,” said Patrick Plaehn, the general manager.

Staff wrestled four pallets  full of toys onto a truck for the trip to the Salvation Army.

Even in tough economic times, Ottumwans stepped up their game. Plaehn said the donation was almost double the 500 toys they donated last year.

Knuth said because of the support from the community, children up to 13 will receive two toys each, as well as a game, a little stocking stuffer and winter weather gear like hats and gloves.

Older children will get a gift card to use at the Ottumwa Wal-Mart.

Everyday people help out, too, the captain said: Christmas assistance also comes right out of The Salvation Army Red Kettles.

Distribution of toys and food will be distributed to the pre-approved applicants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, though the center is closed over the noon hour.

The Salvation Army Worship and Community Center at 725 W. Second Street.

1
Text Only
Ottumwa
  • City Council approves sale of properties OTTUMWA — On Tuesday the Ottumwa City Council met for the last regularly scheduled meeting of April. Included in the agenda for the evening were several dispositions of city owned property. Structures and land located at 519 W. Fourth St., 723 E. Mar

    April 15, 2014

  • Where to play OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District wants to discuss moving to another athletic conference. Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed that the district has been contacted by a smaller sports league, which has extended an invitation to join the

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 Right side up monster truck pic Nice driver --- mean machine OTTUMWA --- Drivers sat at one end of their vehicles during the "pit party," meeting fans and signing autographs before the motorsport and monster truck exhibition at Bridge View Center this weekend. Monster truck driver Orville Hill let kids --- and

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT Composting ethical pic Recycling in a garden OTTUMWA --- Parents will tell you: They hate to see kids waste food. A gardner named Scott Koepke feels the same way. “First, let’s get our food to people who are going to eat it,” he said. “It hurts me to see kids in the schools throw away an entire

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0412 OTT Pothole color photo -T -M [Duplicate] A bumper crop of potholes OTTUMWA — The nice weather has been putting the bad roads on display. Officials say good: It gives us a chance to fix them. “Every city is going through the same thing,” said Larry Seals, Ottumwa Public Works director. “It has been an unusual winter

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home in a tent OTTUMWA -- As people live without shelter, they become desperate finding a place to sleep. The situation impacts more than just the community's homeless. "There is nowhere to put people who are homeless," said Mary Margaret Butler. "Nowhere." Ottumwa

    April 11, 2014

  • 0412 OTT Martha Speaks color photo -T -M Ottumwa children visited by cartoon star OTTUMWA — Iowa Public Television is celebrating its 45-year anniversary this year by helping communities like Ottumwa educate young children before they get into a school setting. One of the programs they are using to help reach out to children is by

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • United Way expanding on Corporate Community Garden OTTUMWA — The United Way of Wapello County created its Corporate Community Garden last year as a way to donate locally grown food to community members in need, and after a successful first year, it's hoping to expand the garden’s impact in its second

    April 11, 2014

  • City Council to discuss several property sales OTTUMWA -- The Ottumwa City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall for its second and final regularly scheduled meeting of April. Included on the agenda for the evening, among various other items, are several public hearings on t

    April 11, 2014

  • Volunteers wanted for playground construction OTTUMWA — Wildwood Park in Ottumwa is going to be the recipient of some rather significant playground upgrades in the near future, but in order for the construction of the new equipment to be free for taxpayers, there has to be enough volunteer power

    April 10, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National