During a recent Scioto County Commissioners meeting, Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District and Bill Shope, president of the Governing Board of Sciotoville Community Schools, announced they were going to begin to collect personal items for children in need
“I had three teachers come into my office last week. One little boy walked a mile-and-a-half to school at 7 in the morning. His parents didn’t care, and by the time he got to school, his little hands were cold; nothing but a thin jacket from summer, no socks. His feet were blistered, he hadn’t eaten and the parents didn’t even call to check on him,” Palmer said.
Palmer said the new program springs from the heroin epidemic in Scioto County and how it affects the children.
Palmer said teachers and other school officials are telling them there is a great need for personal items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hairbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine items for the girls, socks, underwear, T-shirts and other clothing. Palmer said all items must be new.
The Daily Times published an article outlining the needs of the children. On Tuesday, Palmer spoke at the County Commissioners meeting.
“I came into work yesterday (Monday) and from 8 a.m. til 1:45 p.m., I was returning 15 phone calls from people that read the article, and they’re all donating,” Palmer said. “A lady just met me here this morning. There’s two bags outside the door. She donated a bunch of hair products and socks and stuff for the kids. I’ve got to pick up from several homes today down here. I’m telling you – I’m amazed at these donations and they’re telling me how much they have.”
Palmer said a woman went out and purchased hooded sweatshirts and underwear for the children
“The stories I’m hearing from these people that are raising their grandchildren, it’s just sad,” Palmer said. “It’s sad to hear all these stories, but I think we’re doing the right thing because the need is immense out here.”
Palmer said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine read the article and contacted his office for information to utilize in a meeting.
Palmer said he is not looking for money, but items themselves, and anyone wishing to donate any of those items, can have them picked up by calling 740-532-1231. He said there will soon be a location people can bring items to in the Sole Choice building on Campbell Avenue.
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