WARREN - Saying the Salvation Army made a difference for his life and his siblings, Cornell Jordan of Cleveland encouraged others to make a difference for local youths through their contributions to the agency.
Jordan, of Cornell Jordan Ministries, was the keynote speaker at the agency's annual meeting at DiLucia's.
Jordan said he is an example of a beneficiary of the Salvation Army.
"I was one of the kids who you will be supporting tonight. I am a product of the Salvation Army, which helped me and my family," he said of efforts to help provide donations for children to attend summer camp.
Jordan, who has worked at Camp NEOSA, told of the help Salvation Army gave his family when he was 6, and the agency saw something special in him and his siblings and helped them.
Today, he helps others.
The Youngstown State University graduate, who at one time portrayed Pete the Penguin, travels across the nation and to other countries. He said he owes a debt of gratitude to the Salvation Army and encourages others to help others reach their dreams, even by donating to send a child to summer camp.
Coffelt said it is important to remember that any "thoughtful committed citizens can change the world."
Misty Coffelt said efforts are being made to raise money to send children to Camp NEOSA in Carrolltown this summer. Donations can be sent to Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St. S.E, Warren 44483.
The 2012 statistics from the Salvation Army included:
Financial assistance was provided to 1,763 individuals for food assistance, 420 for utility assistance, 60 for school supplies, and 4,657 for hot meals program;
Offered youth programs to 788 individuals, homework help to 372, music and art to 527 and drop-in program to 4,358;
Provided Christmas assistance to 848 families for food and toys with 3,124 individuals served, including 570 children ages 12 and under and 4,710 toys and clothing items distributed.