WARSAW — Discount Warehouse owner Lloyd Bailey made a generous donation to area schools on Monday, Dec. 21.
Three semi-trailers were filled with a variety of new goods. Warsaw Community Schools, Wawasee Community Schools and Tippecanoe Valley Schools each received a trailer of items.
The brand new items included hats, gloves, clothing and more that will be used to serve families and students in need within each school district. The estimated retail value of the items is $150,000
“We appreciate the support from Mr. Bailey and all of the efforts to distribute this generous donation to our students and families,” said Blaine Conley, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation superintendent. “It’s fantastic to see people in the community step up and help others, especially during the pandemic.”
Within Warsaw Community Schools, hats, scarves, gloves and socks will be given to elementary schools. Physical education departments will be able to use swimwear for students in need. Nurses’ offices will receive new underwear. Jewelry, purses and other miscellaneous items will be used for a Trinkets for Teens program.
“This gift to Warsaw Community Schools will make a difference to students and families in every grade level and building in our system,” said Dr. David Hoffert, Warsaw Community Schools’ superintendent. “These items will be a great resource to students in need. When these basic needs are met, students can focus on academic needs. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation.”
Metzger Trucking donated their time and resources to move the semi-trailers to the school systems. Students and staff at each school assisted with unloading and sorting the items.
“Now more than ever, a very generous donation like this has an immediate impact on needs in our community,” said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer, whose office assisted with coordinating the donation. “I’m very grateful to Mr. Bailey for touching so many lives in our community with these items, and to our school systems who are the perfect conduit to connect these items with local families and children.”