September 8, 2016

Local Students Head Back to School with New Supplies

To kick off the new school year, Miller-Valentine Group Associates in both the Dayton and Cincinnati offices came together recently to pack a total of 250 school bags for underprivileged elementary school children. This is the 2nd year that Miller-Valentine Group co-sponsored this community service event with Caring Partners International (CPI). Caring Partners is a non-profit organization that not only sends medical supplies and volunteer care teams on medical mission trips around the world. They also successfully created and launched a Tri-State care program focused on southwest Ohio which provides healthcare supplies and personal hygiene products to the neediest in those communities. CPI works to equip local organizations (churches, drop-in centers, halfway houses, food banks) in meeting community needs.

Several Miller-Valentine Group Vendors joined the effort and provided supplies to fill the bags:

  • Staples (Miller-Valentine office supply vendor) donated school supplies (crayons, highlighters, colored pencils, pencils, erasers, washable markers, pencil sharpeners)
  • Caring Partners donated personal care items (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, ChapStick, Flintstone chewable vitamins)
  • Metlife (Miller-Valentine dental insurance provider) supplied 250 toothbrushes and dental floss
  • Murphy’s Supply (Miller-Valentine Commercial Property Management Vendor) supplied hand sanitizer
  • Walmart donated a $100 gift card which was used to purchase additional school supplies
  • Miller-Valentine Group purchased the drawstring bags and the remainder of the school supplies to fill the 250 bags

Caring Partners distributed the care bags to the following groups:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio area Elementary schools in Avondale and Walnut Hills
  • Cincinnati, Ohio area Norwood and St. Bernard School Districts
  • Food Pantry serving kids in the City of Hamilton, Ohio area
  • Trenton, Ohio area Edgewood Middle School
  • Hamilton, Ohio area daycare serving Forest Park kids in need
  • Northmont/Englewood area of Dayton, Ohio through the Northmont FISH program

In addition to care bags, a raffle was held with the proceeds, $308 donated to CPI to help cover their cost of the personal care items.  Raffle items included:

  • 4 Bengals donated by Associated Bank
  • 4 Dayton Dragons tickets & parking pass donated by Miller-Valentine Group
  • 4 FC Cincinnati tickets & parking pass donated by Associated Bank
  • Five $10 Starbucks Gift Cards donated by Miller-Valentine Group

This effort was coordinated by the Miller-Valentine Group Helping Hands committee, a team of Associates who identify and provide opportunities for Miller-Valentine Associates to engage in community service.

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