School Supplies Drive is a GO!!!
[Official Kids of Katrina post]
[Please note the drive now has it's own page, go here]
Just got an email from Aaron at Free Will blog.
We got it: Uship.com, an open marketplace for freight drivers, is "95% sure" they can sponsor [the school supplies drive] outright, but they say they'll definitely find a way to make it happen.
Thank you so much, Aaron.
I am trying to get a truck to both Houston and Baton Rouge, and possibly San Antonio. Which means we'll need a lot of supplies. A LOT.
What I need is people in both places to coordinate on that end for me. I need a drop off point - the best place would be the school district building, but a firehouse would do. I know there are already some firehouses collecting stuff in Houston until the 5th, but I doubt I would get what I collect down there before then. In fact, with the holiday weekend, that's impossible.
So anyone in Houston or Baton Rouge, if you could help out on that end, that would be great.
I will also be accepting PayPal donations for those who want me to pick up supplies for them to add to the collection. I'll probably be getting most of the supplies from the local dollar stores, so a little money goes a long way.
I'm going to make a poster to distribute at work and throughout my neigborhood. If anyone is in the Long Island area and wants to help out, just send me an email.
Thank you to everyone who did so much legwork on this, and if you are still looking into shipping, please don't stop. Maybe we can get this set up in other cities, too.
Again, anyone who wants to be a contact in Houston who can work out a drop off point for the supplies, that would be great.
EVERY CENT will go towards purchasing school supplies for the kids. I will even cover whatever cut PayPal takes out.
I'm calling this the Kids of Katrina School Drive Fund. Just FYI.
Update again: I have a contact in Houston (Trish) who will see to it that the supplies get to the schools and the Astrodome itself, as I understand they are setting up classrooms right inside the stadium. Trish is also gathering people to help her distribute the supplies. Please email me if you are in Houston and want to help.
And thank you, everyone who has gone above and beyond in helping to get this off the ground. Debbie, Aaron, Trish, Donald, Dave, everyone.
For those who want to a post to link to, or further explanation, see below.
Kids of Katrina School Supplies drive is just what it sounds like.
I will be collecting school supplies from my fellow employees and my neighbors to send to Houston and Baton Rouge. Shipping will be supplied by uship.com.
I have people on the ground in both Houston and Baton Rouge who will accept the delivery and get them to the schools where they are needed the most.
For those who would like to participate by having me buy school supplies to put on the truck for them, you can use my PayPal link on the left sidebar to do that.
If anyone else in Baton Rouge or Houston wants to help, please email me.
Anyone who wants to link to this so that I may come up with more people to help out either here on Long Island or in either BR or Houston, or more donations, or people who may get the idea to start this in their own towns, please link to THIS post. Feel free to use one of the graphics above.
I am anticipating that I will be loading the truck by the end of next week. I will let you know when I have a definite date.
Thank you to the many, many people who have gone above and beyond on this already. This is definitely a group project, not a solo one. I would not be doing this if not for the generosity of so many people.