The announcement from Capt. Becky Stetser of The Salvation Army during the Seneca County Community Council meeting Tuesday was so stark, another member asked her to repeat it.
"The Salvation Army has no soup, fruit, milk or canned meat." Stetser said.
Asked to clarify, she said the 505 E. Market St. headquarters had no milk in powder or liquid form.
The "From the Heart" food drive began six years ago because at this time of year - following the major holidays and in the midst of the winter heating season - the shelves at local food pantries are getting empty.
That's why the Community Task Force started a seasonal food drive, tying it in to the approaching Valentine's Day holiday. And, with cupboards and coolers indeed becoming bare, it is timely indeed.
Through next week, Seneca County residents can leave donations at the Tiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., Heritage IGA, and at area churches. Volunteers are to be on hand to unload any donations dropped off 1-3 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Salvation Army.
Items collected will be donated to The Salvation Army, FISH of Tiffin and Morrison House. You can help by donating commercially canned and/or non-perishable food items, as well as household cleaning and personal supplies. Cash gifts also are helpful.
Your help is effective. Stetser told community council members that recently, a woman receiving food aid told the captain she might not return, because her financial situation was improving.
Good things are happening in our community. Please be a part of it and give - from the heart.