The Education Foundation thanks the 183 donors who raised $15,445 for personal hygiene items for Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District students in need.
“School district social workers reached out to us to help fulfill this need for about 500 children in the district,” explained Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, executive director of the Education Foundation. “We are grateful for how quickly the community rallied to support our students who need the most help.”
MCPASD social workers identified essential items students need, including toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, tampons and laundry detergent, among others. Social workers will use the funds raised to purchase supplies, which will be distributed twice a month through June.
The distribution will be modeled after the Weekend Food Program, with volunteers packaging items centrally and distributing them at nine sites across the district. Social workers will coordinate with other local nonprofits to leverage their buying power and access to these items.
The essential items fundraiser follows the Education Foundation’s campaign in March for the Weekend Food Program and meals for students when school is closed, which raised $31,000.
“We are thankful for the community’s generosity during these trying times,” added Purna Byraiah, chair of the Education Foundation. “We also greatly appreciate local businesses that are matching their employees’ donations, like CUNA Mutual, Merck and MilliporeSigma.”
The Education Foundation encourages potential donors to check with their employers to see if they match contributions, and to take advantage of a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law in March.
“The CARES Act contains a charitable giving incentive: a new above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 made to qualifying charities, like the Education Foundation,” explained Kiggens-Leifheit. “We encourage donors to consider making a cash gift to make the most of this provision while supporting our students in need.”
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