Another great success!

Thanks to everyone who agreed to support this year’s School Supply Drive!  We are very excited to have received boxes and boxes of supplies as well as piles of gift cards. Sorting day on July 28, 2021, went very smoothly!  Thanks to Conestoga HS for sharing their space with us, and to all those volunteers who came to help with this important activity.  The kids will all be so appreciative of this support!

Thanks to our volunteers and donors!

Many thanks to the rock star School Supply Drive committee that has been hard at work organizing this important event.

Jen Bracco
Jean Allen
Paula Cardenas
Pam Goggin
Mary Frances Szpila
Jean Purinton
Kate Peyton
Kim Jamme

Huge thanks also to those businesses and organizations that lent a hand with this event:

  • FLITE – backpacks
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church – gift cards
  • TE Moms – gift cards
  • Philadelphia Foundation – support for supplies or gift cards
  • The Goddard School – Wayne, gift cards
  • St. Matthews United Methodist Church – gift cards
  • Wegmans, Malvern – gift cards

2021 School Supply Drive – The Basic Details

With life returning to a closer to “normal” format – T&E Care is holding a more traditional School Supply Drive this summer.  This event helps to provide the needed supplies to any local families who struggle to buy them. We sure want to level that playing field for all our neighborhood kids!

Here are the general details for the drive:

  1. This year instead of sponsoring a student – we are asking for supplies.  So for example – instead of sponsoring 2 kindergarten boys, you might offer to buy 100 pencils.
  2. The list of needed supplies is posted on SignUp Genius link from July 5 – July 19.
  3. Donations should be dropped off at either the Easttown or Tredyffrin Libraries through July 19 (during working hours only).
  4. You can do an online order (from Amazon, Amazon smile, Walmart, Target, or Staples) and have it shipped directly to us.  The address for shipping is listed above.  Just be sure it is scheduled to arrive no later than July 20.
  5. We hope to get gift card donations as well.  We won’t need as many as last year (when we ONLY gave gift cards) but we still want to offer each child approximately $50 in gift cards so he/she can get some extra supplies, or shoes, or underwear, or socks, or whatever else is needed.  We are asking for Target or Walmart cards this year.  
  6. FLITE again will be providing the back packs and any needed bags. (THANKS FLITE!)
  7. We are going to Conestoga HS to sort the supplies on Wednesday, July 28 (8am-3pm). If you are free that day and want to help out, please contact us at  schoolsupplies@tecare.org.  (Sorry, no students this year.)
  8. If you have any questions about this year’s drive, please contact us at  schoolsupplies@tecare.org.
 

The School Supply Drive is now finished! We have left the link live in case anyone needs to check out the Sign Up Genius.

 

First check out the wishlists on SignUp Genius above.  Submit your desired donations.  Complete the donor form.  THEN…

  • For online orders:
    • Scan/email the donor form to us.
    • Choose whatever store you want.
    • Please purchase gender neutral colors/designs!
    • Deliver to:  T&E Care SSD, 1005 Derwydd Lane, Berwyn 19312.
    • Please complete the order as if it is a gift – then you can include your name/contact info on the “gift message” so we know who it is from.
    • Please be sure the delivery is scheduled to arrive no later than July 20.
  • If you go shopping:
    • Include the donor form with the delivery.
    • Please deliver the items to either the Easttown or the Tredyffrin Library (no later than July 19).
    • Please check hours of operation at the library.
    • Please purchase gender neutral colors/designs!
  • For gift card purchases:
    • Include the donor form with the delivery.
    • Please no e-gift cards.
    • Please contact us at schoolsupplies@tecare.org for delivery details.
    • Please do NOT leave gift cards at the libraries.
    • Please deliver then no later than July 19 – but sooner would be helpful.
    • You can also mail gift cards to:  T&E Care SSD, 1005 Derwydd Lane, Berwyn 19312. (If you are mailing, please try to make sure they arrive prior to July 20.)

Donating Gift Cards

We are hoping to offer at least one $50 gift card to each child being supported by the School Supply Drive. These cards can then be used for any additional supplies, or for basics like new socks or shoes, or even new underwear!  All the things that many of us take for granted.  With over 200 kids getting support – that’s at least $10,000 in gift cards.  We recognize that this is no small request!

If you are willing to donate gift cards – you can do that at any point (you do not need to wait until the SignUp Genius is live).  The best stores for gift cards are Walmart or Target.  Please no e-gift cards. 

Please contact us at schoolsupplies@tecare.org and we can give you details on dropping off these cards.  The sooner we get these cards the better.  MANY thanks!

Making Donations Instead of Purchases

For FINANCIAL DONATIONS: If you would like to help but don’t want to shop for gift cards, cash donations can also be made and we’ll do the shopping. Donations can be made by check (made payable to T&E Care), with Venmo (@TECARE), or through PayPal (click the Donate button below).

IMPORTANT NOTE for Venmo users – if you are new to T&E Care, we need your email to send a note of thanks.  Venmo does not provide it.  Please send us an email at venmo@tecare.org to alert us of your donation so you can be properly thanked.  Our venmo logo is:

 

Many thanks for your support!

PayPal/credit cards charge a 2.35% processing fee for each dollar donated.  If you would like 100% of your donation to go to T&E Care, please add this fee to your donation.  You can pay by check as well to avoid the fees. (T&E Care, attn: School Supply Drive, PO Box 2111, Southeastern. PA 19399.)

 Getting School Supplies with Amazon Smile

T&E Care is part of the Amazon Smile Foundation program. If you shop on Amazon.com you may elect to have 0.5% of your purchases go to your designated charity; your cost does NOT increase. If you plan to get your school supplies (or ANY other purchase) using Amazon, please consider naming T&E Care as your charity of choice. This type of donation can really add up if lots of people sign up. It’s very easy to do and takes about 30 seconds, but you do need to register in advance (one time only):

  • Go to https//.smile.amazon.com
  • Be sure you are signed into your own Amazon account.
  • Name your charity of choice: Tredyffrin & Easttown Care (best to put our official name, and NOT T&E Care)
  • Each time you shop on Amazon, go to www.smile.amazon.com to start. If you forget and go to Amazon.com, you should get a notice reminding you.

Important Forms to Download

Donation Checklist 2021 – Please include this form with your donation of supplies and/or gift cards for this drive. It makes our record keeping much easier.

Tax Donation Form if you made a donation and need a tax donation form, then you can click here and use this along with your receipts.  You should be getting a thanks note from a T&E Care volunteer once the event is over, but you may want this as well.

For results of past School Supply Drive: SSD Archive Pages.

The mission of T&E Care is to maintain a network of people providing financial and other material assistance to persons in need in and around the Tredyffrin and Easttown township areas.

 

 

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T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.   The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

 

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