Shelby Democrats Fill
Middle School Teachers’ Wish Lists
‘Tis the season when students of all ages are excitedly collecting supplies to enable a successful school year. But students aren’t alone with concerns about materials for school. In too many school districts, dwindling funds for public schools lead to teachers stocking classroom necessities out of their own pockets.
The Shelby County Democratic Party membership is heavy with teachers, retired teachers, former teachers, and other good-hearted people who want to support public education. Many of them came together as volunteers on Saturday, August 5, to collect donations of items specifically requested by teachers and counselors from three of Shelby County’s middle schools.
Organized by the tireless Leslie Tyus, Community Service Chair of the county Dems, the morning’s work resulted in thousands of items which will be quickly distributed to Thompson, Calera, and Columbiana middle schools, and will ultimately be used by students who need them. In addition to recording, organizing, boxing, and loading all the donations, the volunteers were also introduced by county Chair Marsha Sturdevant to the new Executive Director of the Alabama Democratic Party, Tom Miro. Mr. Miro was quite impressed with the quantity of useful school supplies amassed by the group, as well as the dedication of the volunteers from Shelby County’s Democrats.
We’re Trying to Clean Up the County !!!
After many days of soaking rain showers, Community Service Committee Chair Leslie Tyus, by sheer force of will, kept the rain away on Saturday, May 20, for May’s donation drive. Volunteers gathered at our often-used outdoor venue, the parking lot near Staples and Big Lots in Pelham, to receive donations of household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. A sea of containers of laundry detergent, dish soap, disinfecting cleaners, body wash, soap, and shampoo, plus piles of packages of toilet paper, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products quickly covered the asphalt under the white tent sporting our huge Shelby County Democrats banner.
In addition to Committee Chair Tyus and County Chair Marsha Sturdevant, several volunteers included the usual suspects Troy Goss, Sheila Roche, Chris Nelson, and Cheryl Olin, plus the welcome addition of first-time volunteers Don and Nancy Simmer and Sheila Pavlovac, all of whom helped unload donor’s cars and organize items. As usually happens at the donation drives, folks dropped by to express surprise at finding an active and engaged Democratic Party in Shelby County. It’s always fun to meet people who are happy to know that there are other Dems around.
Luckily, some of the volunteers drive large vehicles, because three SUVs were filled to bursting with all the items collected, which will help clients of the Shelby Baptist Association Ministries, Shelby County Emergency Assistance, and Oak Mountain Mission Ministries.
Don’t be shy about volunteering; we have fun and we help people. Watch the Shelby Democrats newsletter for announcements of future projects.
Shelby County Democrats, SCPPE Collect Food for Kids – May, 2022
The tireless volunteers of the Shelby County Democratic Party and Partners for Progress in Education collected over 2300 individual items of “kid-friendly” foods at their monthly service project on Saturday, May 21. Consisting of easily opened prepared food or meal items requiring minimal preparation, this collection focused on the needs of school-age children in struggling families. Many schools in the county whose population is considered food-insecure have programs to provide meals for children during the summer out-of-school months, and these donations will go to those schools to help fill some otherwise empty little bellies.
An outpouring of support from the Shelby Democratic groups and other good-hearted people resulted in a bounty of supplies. The volunteers manning the drop-off site at the Big Lots / Staples parking lot in Pelham expressed amazement over both the number of donors and amount of donations, demonstrating the compassion and generosity of supporters.
The Democrats are grateful for the support of community members as well as their own members for making their essential items drives so successful. Next month’s service project will not involve a collection of donations. Watch this space for announcements of that upcoming, exciting venture.
Essential Supplies Drive – April, 2022