In February, KDL put out a call to staff and patrons at all our branches to donate travel-sized hygiene products to be distributed to the nearly 2,900 kids in the Kent Intermediate School District who are experiencing homelessness.
And boy, did you answer that call. Yesterday we delivered two van loads — 54 boxes and bags — of items to a very grateful KISD.
As a result of your generosity, more than 5,000 items were collected. An additional 130 pre-made hygiene kits as well as sidewalk chalk, coloring books and Play-Doh were purchased with funds employees donated during an employee in-service in January.
Casey Gordon, special populations consultant at KISD, said he was amazed by the donation. “We have had so many requests for hygiene items and kits lately that this will solve an immediate need for our homeless students,” he said. “The extra items will be so appreciated — not only will the hygiene kits go directly to students who need them, but the coloring books, sidewalk chalk and Play-Doh will be amazing gifts for our students — so many of them don’t have toys or activities that they can take with them and this will be perfect.”
You did a good thing, KDL peeps. A good good thing.
Another KDL Gives Back opportunity is coming up in April: All branches will be collecting juice box donations for Kids Food Basket.