Tonawanda News — “And the response has been pretty good so far.”
Lindbergh Elementary had the first donation to the Closet campaign, followed by a number of other local schools, groups and individuals. The Closet has a PayPal account (listed on its Facebook page) and also accepts checks mailed to Ken-Ton Closet, P.O. Box 343, Buffalo NY 14223. The goal is at least $1,500.
Money acquired through the fundraiser, which runs through Feb. 14, will be used for IRS and incorporation fees and other smaller fees and incidental costs. O’Malley plans to submit the business plan to the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which helps small nonprofit groups; if that doesn’t go through, more money will be needed for the legal fees.
In addition, fund are needed for items the Closet just can’t accept as used donations: Socks and underwear for children.
“We have to buy those things new, and unless we found a way to start some major, major campaign where we collected them every single month ... it’s not enough,” O’Malley said. “Socks and underwear are two of those things kids shouldn’t even have to think about going without.”
In addition to the fundraising campaign, other efforts are coming up to help the organization. USitek Group of the Town of Tonawanda is hosting the Closet’s first ink-cartridge recycling event from today through Feb. 8 at its show room at 1016 Niagara Falls Blvd. Donors can bring their used ink cartridges in from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The cartridges are given to Office Max in exchange for gift certificates than can be used on office supplies for the organization or school supplies for children.
“It’s just a way for us to not have to spend money,” O’Malley said.