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!
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!
For one of our yearly projects, Seeds for Success, we decided to again work with the small Appalachian town of Myra, Kentucky. Rather than donate canned goods which only last for a short period of time, the organization we work with has a community garden to feed those in need. This organization also then provides seeds to families for their own gardens. We like this as we believe that encouraging people to plant their own gardens helps families learn about sustainable food sources, helps family cut costs, as well raises awareness about healthy eating.
For $204 (this included 2-day shipping -HOW GREAT) we purchased the following seeds from a neat company we have never purchased from before, Johnnys Seeds. We suggest you check out their great selection and prices on seeds and materials from right here in the USA!
Thank you to one of my teachers from middle school for making the donation that made this possible!
Today we had about 15 volunteers helping to unpack, sort, pack, and repack boxes of Christmas gifts and dental hygiene supplies like dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc. Every child we worked to provide holiday gifts for this year received a bag of hygiene supplies in addition to their gifts. We also donated approximately 2,000 pieces of dental supplies to a southern Ohio school district for the nurse to handout when they saw fit!
Dental/Hygiene Supplies FMV: $2,180
Due to connections that Emily has through her job at Battelle for Kids with Tennessee and really her education-loving and dedicated coworker, Joe T. Wood, Grandma's Gifts got connected with the Clinch-Powell Education Cooperative in Tazewell, Tennessee and Lexington City Schools in Lexington, Tennessee (west Tennessee). Then George McNab, Thea Sheffey, and Emily Douglas packed up thousands of pieces of dental hygiene supplies and new books bags for Christmas gifts to be shipped to Tennessee. These goods went to ensure children have the goods they need to be healthy!
Hygiene Items FMV (about 6000 pieces): $6,540
New Book bags (75): $900
Today we delivered a VERY large donation of canned food, fresh apples, and frozen turkeys to the Harvest for the Hungry Food Pantry in Ironton, Ohio. We donated more than 1000 canned foods, 700lbs of fresh apples, and more than 40 frozen turkeys! Check out the photos and captions below for a play-by-play of the day!
Canned Food Donation: $1,000
Frozen Turkeys: $499.85
Apples from Lynds: $550
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.