The data was just gathered to determine the tremendous impact that the Giving Tree project pulled together in support of the Douglas County Education Foundation's Fill the Gap program this year.
Total values of goods donated from the Douglas County Libraries, the Safeway store collections, the Douglas County Sheriff's office, Sky Ridge Medical Center, California Cafe, Pasquini's, Go Putt, UBS and Rand Clark and his team working with the Meadows in Castle Rock are:
Value of goods: $14,867.00 plus Cash donations: $3,260.00. The grand total is over $18,127.00.
That is more than a 70% increase over last year's drive.
Giving Tree representatives say the biggest accomplishment this year was partnering with the Leadership Douglas County Alumni Board to take this project county-wide, and the Douglas County Libraries for selecting the Giving Tree drive as one of their four select charitable programs this year.
Carol Stulz of the Douglas County Education Foundation says supplies were flying out the door last week and that the parents are so very grateful. "The program is a great success and much of it due to our wonderful work," notes Stulz.
Even a complete stranger helped the cause. She read the Giving Tree story in the press, took it upon herself to reach out to contacts she had through her links to education, solicited donations from suppliers all around the country and paid to have them shipped to the drive. Two hundred fifty book bags and 600 calculators were just a few items she sourced, which are already in the hands of students this year.
Supplies are available through the Douglas County Educational Foundation's Fill the Gap program. Parents simply go to their website and select Kids Helping Kids from the Fill the Gap page, order what they need and wait for a delivery to the child's school.