A request from Elizabeth Schwandt, Executive Assistant/Operations Manager, The Salvation Army

As you may know, we at The Salvation Army agreed to provide school supplies throughout the year to teachers in the Toledo Public School system. We have already received almost 100 requests from teachers.  While we have some supplies from our collections, these will soon be depleted.

We wondered if anyone has items that can be added to our supply. We will be putting a label on the supplies when they are delivered to the school and your logo would be added to this label.

Also, if anyone is willing to donate to purchase supplies, that would be helpful as well.  We will be purchasing some supplies in bulk and putting our dollars together will give us better buying power.

Please let me know if you would like to contribute and be sure to send your logo as well.

Together, we can help students receive the tools needed for academic success.

  • Salvation Army Address:
  • 620 N. Erie Street
  • Toledo, OH   43604

More information: http://futureoftoledo.com/back-to-the-future-initiative/

 From Dr. Romules Durant, Toledo Public Schools CEO/ and Superintendent of Schools

TPS Teachers are excited about this level of support. I recently gave all teachers the contact information to fill the gaps of what they need.

Thank you, Dr. Romules Durant

Most requests are for basic supplies:

  • Binders – 1 inch and 2 inch
  • Crayons
  • Wide Rule Paper – Spiral
  • Note book Paper
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • 2 pocket folders
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer/wipes
  • Batteries – AAA, AA
  • Copy Paper
  • Index Cards

Of course, all supplies have been asked for but these are the most requested.  Anything will be accepted.

Call to Action:

We had a very productive FoT meeting on Tues Sept 17, 2013.

We reviewed the FoT accomplishments sheet:  http://futureoftoledo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/FoT2013TeamAccomplishmentsandGoals.pdf

Then we used a conversation/world cafe agenda for discussion (participants discuss an important hot topic as a question resulting in recommendations, after a short discussion, they then move to another table with another question, etc.).

The last question was for everyone and it involved sharing the need for school supplies above and asking the participants to discuss ideas and make commitments to action right there in the room.  They did and there are several organizations and people taking action starting now, to get more supplies into the inventory. For example, The Department of Public Utilities challenged the Dept. of Public Service to raising funds and supplies – who can raise the most?  The mayor committed to having boxes out at Government Center, along with promoting the Fall campaign, and there are retailers, community organizations, and others who committed on the spot. Here is a list of those who have already offered to help:

  • Herzing University is setting up a collection point
  • Block Watch Leaders
  • Dept of Public Service (DPS) vs Dept of Public Utilities challenge
  • Board of Community Relations
  • Government center – boxes on every floor to collect supplies
  • Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT)
  • YMCA Christian Emphasis team
  • Health Dept said they’d have a “Jeans Day”  to collect donations
  • Point Place Business Association

Get involved by contacting:

  • The Salvation Army
  • 620 N. Erie Street
  • Toledo, OH   43604

 Great work Salvation Army and TPS – you are making a difference in a child’s life today!