Tonawanda News —
And that’s where the community comes in.
The Closet is in need of supplies including crayons, markers (both thin and thick), highlighters, index cards, pens, pencils, erasers, composition books, glue (bottles and sticks), pencil boxes, children’s scissors, colored pencils and three-subject notebooks.
Donations will be accepted at Bumblebeez Consignment and Children’s Boutique, 906 Brighton Road, until Tuesday, and a special collection will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenmore Farmer’s Market at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road.
It would be best to make donations at those sites, O’Malley said, although the Closet can also be reached through Facebook or by calling 218-9589. Donors are asked not to leave supplies at the unattended public collection sites for the Closet.
In addition, there will be a clean-up event between 1 and 3 p.m. Friday at the Closet to refold, sort, size and generally put things back in order.
It’s also hoped that local residents (and store employees, as the new items may have been taken to return to stores for cash) will keep their eyes open for those who might be seen with large quantities of school supplies or toiletries (including hundreds of pencils or dozens of tubes of toothpaste) for no apparent reason.
While the incident is disappointing, O’Malley said she wants to be positive and move forward.
“We’ll get back what we lost. People are already stepping up,” she said. “We’ve had people just keep saying over and over, ‘We’re going to go shopping.’ Everyone wants to do their part, and that’s phenomenal. That’s why I want to keep it positive.”
In fact, she said, there may be a silver lining. Most of the clothing and supply requests the Closet receives still come through the school district. This could help get out the word that the Ken-Ton Closet exists and is willing to help anyone in the community who needs it, O’Malley said.