• Michael Dean Gibbs Foundation

COVID-19 Collection Drive for Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Granville Students

Updated: Apr 30

The Michael Dean Gibbs Foundation, together with Songbird Transitions, will collect items in a contact-free collection drive to support two local organizations and Granville students on free and reduced lunch on Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 p.m. at Granville Elementary School. If you cannot make it, you can send funds that we will use to buy more goods and supplies for the kids!

The two organizations -- the Boys & Girls Club of Newark and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking County -- and the 200+ children they support, as well as the students on free and reduced lunches, are in need of the following basic goods in light of COVID-19: Hand soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, bleach, gloves, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, masks, other cleaning and personal hygiene products.

In addition, in order to continue their programming at home, the students need the following supplies: Crayons, markers, colored pencils, craft kits, scissors, notebook, construction paper, computer paper, pencil sharpener, glue, crafting supplies, paperclips, folders, dry erase markers, fabric, paint and paintbrushes, other school and art & craft supplies.

If you are one of the first twenty individuals to drive up and donate, you will receive a FREE 6 oz batch of Bella's Beans coffee.

Donating is Simple!

  1. Add a couple of the items above to your next grocery list.

  2. On Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 p.m., place the items in your trunk, and drive to Granville Elementary School (front entrance; 310 N. Granger St. in Granville). We will collect the items from your trunk, sporting our masks and gloves and keeping a safe distance.

  3. Before that, let us know you are donating by emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

Why Donate?

Your donation will have an immediate impact on many families in part because the requested goods cannot be purchased through the SNAP program that some of the families rely on. Your donation will also serve as a long-term investment in two wonderful organizations whose aims are the heart of what the MDGF is all about -- helping students reach their potential:

The Boys and Girls Club of Newark provides children with a safe space to learn to make positive life choices, establish healthy habits, and develop academic skills. They are conducting programming virtually during this time but have plans to re-open in time for their summer program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking County makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children so they can develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Why This, Why Now?

Like so many, we have been looking for ways to serve in our community during this unprecedented time. To that end, we reached out to you last month in a survey to get your thoughts on how we should help. Based on the results of that survey and internal reflection, we knew we wanted to stay true to our mission while helping those in need at this time.

The collection drive allows us to do just that: We get to work with the community to support two organizations whose visions align with ours. And, thanks to Songbird, we're not spending a single penny so that we can reserve our current funds for scholarships for students to access extracurriculars and implement community projects.


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