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New Coronavirus Relief Fund Formed, Donations Sought

By La Prensa Staff


Toledo and Lucas County officials are joining forces seeking monetary contributions and donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and needed supplies. Right now, hospitals, first responders, and others are scrambling to find hard-to-get items such as protective gloves and masks, hygiene wipes, bleach—all of which have flown off store shelves or in short supply.


The United Way of Greater Toledo and the Greater Toledo Community Foundation have joined forces with Lucas County and Toledo city elected leaders to launch “Donate TLC,” an initiative that centralizes donations in the metro Toledo area during the coronavirus pandemic.


Local officials made the announcement Friday, March 27, 2020 at what will serve as the Donate TLC warehouse. American Interiors offered the space on South Byrne Road to the Lucas County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to better coordinate local collection efforts. The donation and distribution center will provide cleaning and personal hygiene products for first responders and health care workers.


“We hope that, after this, we're going to fill this room up. That's a goal,” said Tim Jakacki, manager of donations and distribution at the Lucas County Emergency Operations Center.


“Our first responders, hospitals, need to be taken care of,” said Wendy Pestrue, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Toledo. “But then again, our homeless shelters, our domestic violence centers, our folks that treat mental health, children, food insecurities-- all of those folks also need this kind of sanitizing product and other supplies.”

The warehouse will be open and collecting supplies until the pandemic subsides. The idea is to create one central resource so donation efforts won’t be duplicated and scarce resources can be directed where the need is the greatest at any given time.


EOC staff is reaching out to churches and others conducting donation drives to bring their collections to the warehouse. Likewise, businesses and organizations with stockpiles are being encouraged to do the same.


PPE and sanitizing products are in the highest demand for hospitals, social service providers, and first responders. Because of social distancing, anyone wishing to drop off donations to the warehouse must email donations@co.lucas.oh.us to set up an appointment.


“This is a marathon, not a sprint, so we're going to solve feeding children today, but we're going to deal with unemployment issues tomorrow, we're going to deal with education issues,” said Keith Burwell, president/CEO of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. “This is going to keep stacking up until the fall.”


Details on financial contributions, supply donations, and volunteer needs all can be found at www.donatetlc.org. A complete list of needed supplies also is listed at the website. All requests for assistance from social services and nonprofits are to be directed to the United Way’s 211 help hotline. Anyone healthy and able to volunteer also is asked to call 211, as are people and groups with food donations.


The Greater Toledo Community Foundation will use its relief fund to meet the needs of nonprofits. The United Way will distribute donated funds to help continue necessary services like daily meal assistance to children.



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Revised: 03/31/20 16:11:08 -0800.




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