Earlier this year the PEATC Youth Group started the Pop Tab Collection community service project. The project supports the Ronald McDonald House’s efforts in providing a home away from home setting for families of chronically ill children. In three months the group collected almost 80lbs of aluminum pop tabs. A few PEATC Youth representatives were able […]
12 years old, Springfield, VA Thank you Jake for sharing this original art work!
Jake is pleased to announce that he has secured a toiletries drop-off location in Fairfax, Virginia.
Earlier today, Jake delivered an empty box to the offices of the Fairfax County Government Center; he has every hope that the box will be FULL before too long!
He had contacted the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors‘ Chairman Sharon Bulova to inquire about the possibility of listing the offices as a drop-off location for the toiletry (or related donations) to Comfort Cases.
Jake hopes to add some more drop-off sites before summer kicks into high gear. But, for now, we hope local folks will bring donations to Chairman Sharon Bulova’s office in the Fairfax County Government Center between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 530
Fairfax, VA 22035-0079
Many thanks and a special #ShoutOut to Clayton Medford, Chairman Bulova’s Chief of Staff for assisting Jake in this request.
Jake knows summer is coming and he knows that means vacation and traveling for many folks. And for some of you, it might mean a hotel stay. And if you are a Washington Redskins player, like Jake’s buddy Nick Sundberg, it means an extended hotel stay while you are at training camp!!
Jake also knows that people often travel for work. He knows that many of my PEATC colleagues travel to various locations across Virginia to train parents of children with Special Needs and/or children receiving Special Education services.
If your plans in the near future involve a hotel stay, for business or pleasure, Jake would like you to save your toiletry items for him.
Why does a 12-year-old with Autism & ADHD need toiletries? Well, they are not for Jake, but for Comfort Cases!
Comfort Cases is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides children ages 0-18 who are in the foster care system with a bag filled with essential needs as well as comfort items.
So … back to toiletries!!!
If you are familiar with Jake, you may be aware that he is a fan of logos, branding, and graphics. He also likes sorting, counting, and categorizing. When given a big bag of toiletries, he loves nothing better than looking at what hotel chain they came from and then sorting into categories by type. It is a task that appeals to his sense of order and structure, not to mention the visual elements.
Sooooooo … all this to say … Jake would love it if you’d save those toiletries that you were more than likely stuff into *that* drawer in your home and forget about … and give them to Jake as part of his collection project for Comfort Cases.
Not traveling but still want to help Jake’s project and Comfort Cases? Well, they are also looking for the following NEW items to supply to kids and youth entering foster care:
- Small duffel bags/backpacks
- Pajamas/Sleepwear – Sizes Newborn through Adult XXL
- Small Blankets – Up to Throw Size (40″ x 60″)
- Toothbrushes – Youth & Adult
- Stuffed Animals
- Coloring Books
- Pens & Pencils
If you’d like to learn more about the genesis of Comfort Cases and founder Rob Scheer, please check out his story from his interview on the Today Show:
If you are interested in supporting Jake in his effort to show that kids (even kids with disAbilities) can help other kids, please leave a comment on this post or reach out to me via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so we can coordinate pickup/delivery of donations.
We are hoping to arrange some drop off locations, so please stay tuned!
So, Happy Travelling, and remember the kids entering foster care who would take so much comfort in something so simple!
… I am sorry. I just haven’t taken any time for me, which would turn into time for you.
Not to worry, we’ll get reacquainted very soon!