Westlake PTAs' food and toiletry drive benefits 350 families

Westlake students unload a busload of donations at The May Dugan Center.

For over 20 years, the Westlake Council of PTAs and its member PTAs have teamed with The May Dugan Center on Bridge Avenue in Cleveland, to provide food and toiletry items to local families in need. In recent years, the donations have expanded to include the Westlake Assistance Food Pantry as well. 

In mid-October, all seven Westlake schools and their PTA units, school district administration, the transportation department, and Westlake Early Childhood PTA joined together to make the largest donation to date. The items donated from our generous community included 2,900 boxes of cereal and oatmeal, 669 jars of peanut butter and jelly, 200 canned goods, and 79 toiletry items. The collection netted over 3,800 items.

On Oct. 21, over 20 volunteers, both adults and children, assisted with the unloading of a school bus full of goods at The May Dugan Center. The successful assembly and delivery of donations was coordinated by Erin Baesel, community service chairperson for the Westlake Council of PTAs, and Rick Kemm, executive director of The May Dugan Center. The food and toiletry items will be distributed to over 350 families on the west side of Cleveland who qualify for assistance, and are projected to last throughout the next year.

The generosity of Westlake families and staff increases each year as the Food and Toiletry Drive continues to grow. The May Dugan Center and Westlake Assistance are extremely grateful for the contributions the Westlake Council of PTAs, its member PTA units, and the Westlake City School District continue to make to local families in need.

Mary Essig

2017-2018 Westlake Council of PTAs President

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.07.2017