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
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
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.