Thank you to everyone who donated food items for Thanksgiving! We were excited to be able to deliver these goods. More than $1500 in canned goods, fresh vegetables, and frozen turkeys were donated!
On October 29, 2014, American's Helping American's donated more than $11,000 in goods to Grandma's Gifts. Goods included 192 packages of laundry detergent, 48 new heavy blankets, 78 pairs of shoes, 1,200 books, and 13,920 diapers! These HUGE donations are amazing and allow Grandma's Gifts to help even more people. To distribute these goods we paired up with the Harvest for the Hungry nondenominational food pantry and Symmes Valley Elementary school in Appalachian Ohio. Books and blankets were also used to hand out to children for our holiday program.
American's Helping Americans' mission is to join communities, build and strengthen neighbor relations, and work side by side with residents to address community-wide concerns linking resources supportive of a healthy, safe and economically vibrant standard of living. Their goal is to ease unnecessary and chronic suffering by creating long-term solutions to the problems of hunger, limited education, substandard housing and insufficient medical care. For more information on Americans' Helping Americans visit their website at www.helpingamericans.org
We are especially indebted to American's Helping American's as yearly they help Grandma's Gifts distribute thousands of dollars in goods. We thank them for their continued support. Below is an article that appeared in the Ironton Tribune about the delivery. We also appreciate the Tribune's continued support in sharing good news!
The article and image appeared in the Ironton Tribune on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Photo and Story by Brandon Roberts. Article Link. http://www.irontontribune.com/2014/10/30/harvest-for-the-hungry-gets-large-donation/
Today we received a donation check for $36.57 from Kroger as a result of everyone who supports Grandma's Gifts as a part of the Kroger Rewards program. For this we are thankful to Kroger and our donors for any and ALL donations!
If you shop at Kroger and are part of Kroger Community Rewards, you can sign-up to help Grandma's Gifts every time you shop (for free)! Learn more here!
After receiving a special request today we donated 95 books bags to an Appalachian Ohio high school to be given to homeless high school students and those in serious need. (Yes, we said homeless.) While we receive these requests frequently, we are always humbled and reminded of the serious need in Appalachia as well as the hardship that some youth face daily.
We also donated a few boxes of hygiene supplies (individual, hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouthwash) to go along with the bags. We know that they will be used by those who need them.
Thank you to the donors that made this possible and for helping the youth of our country.
Trick-or-Teeth! has expanded dramatically and is one of our largest yearly projects. Originally we collect goods throughout September and October, now we collect goods year round! While the project only started in 2007, from 2007 to June 2014, more than $242,000 in dental hygiene items had been provided to Appalachian City/County health departments; schools; food pantries; free dental clinics; battered women's shelters; nonprofits that serve the community; and Sheriffs/Officers who are in touch with their community that currently work to distribute goods to people in need!
This year we have already received more than $45,000 in dental hygiene supplies (about 30,000 pieces) from local middle schoolers! (HOW AWESOME!) We then donated the supplies to 19 school districts in Appalachian Ohio, ensuring every first grader had a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to take home for the summer break. With careful planning and scheduling our shipping and transportation costs were minimal!
Thank you donors! Thank you volunteers! Without you our work would not be possible!
Just as the famous philanthropist and cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said,
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizen can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
At Grandma's Gifts we know this to be true... and we have proof:
A group of volunteers, headed up by do-gooders Bonnie Valentino, Kathy Slaus, Orpha Robinson, Eva Hager, Vikvi Ramsey, and Linda Gillespie, contacted their friends and asked for gently used items, new items, and canned food. While they knew they'd collect a ton - we don't think they quite expected what they got! Thousands of pounds of gently used clothing, coats, and shoes; canned food for people and dogs; gorgeous handmade glass dollies; hygiene supplies; and the list goes on and on... and on. Then they decided they wanted to help Grandma's Gifts. We were moved and overwhelmed by their generosity! Just check out the photos below of what they collected and how much fun they had sorting and packing everything! Zachary Douglas attended the event to help out and lend a bit of strength.
While this blog post, hugs, tears, and thank you's are not enough, we would like to thank the following people who made a donation to this holiday gift collection effort:
We love to know their are people in the world with hearts of gold like these lovely people. We are so very thankful. These goods were then donated to the Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry (they have a clothing bank) and a church in Adams County Ohio. Pictures of the delivery of these goods can be seen in the 'Day 3: Delivery' post!
Donation FMV: $11,000
In memory of one of Norma Ackison's (Founder Emily Douglas's grandma and inspiration behind Grandma's Gifts) neighbor and friends, Grandma's Gifts donated a full-size refrigerator to the Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry in Lawrence County Ohio. We are glad we can help out the pantry that serves individuals county-wide. Check out all of those healthy fruits and veggies!
Cost: $599 (delivery included - awesome!)
George McNab, Zach Douglas, Teresa Daulong and Emily Douglas-McNab.