Forbes Tate Partners believes every child deserves a joyful holiday experience, regardless of where they live or the situations they face at home. Giving back to local students at Wheatley Education Campus is our way of helping to ensure this happens, and we are thrilled the Wheatley Toy Drive is back for its sixth year. We invite you to join us in meeting our goal of 1,000+ toy donations for Wheatley scholars ages 3-15!
How to Get Involved:
FTP has created gift registries at Target, Walmart, and Amazon. All toys purchased through the registry links below will ship directly to Wheatley Education Campus:
Participants may also choose their own toys. All gifts will be mailed by participants directly to the school for scholar pickup prior to the end of the school semester. For more information, please contact Jessica Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Wheatley Education Campus
Wheatley Education Campus is a public school in northeastern Washington, D.C., serving 350 students from pre-K3 through 8th grade. Located in Ward 5, the school serves a student population wherein 100% of students qualify to receive federal, state, and/or local aid. Moreover, many Wheatley students and their families live in homeless shelters or other transitional housing. Wheatley serves one of D.C.’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods in which residents often lack resources to meet the basic needs of their children.
Many Wheatley families are unable to provide even a small gift for their kids during the holiday season. In previous years, local volunteers donated toys and teachers used their own money to purchase the rest of the gifts for students. In 2016, these volunteer efforts turned disastrous when there was a severe shortage of donations and many of the items provided (half empty box of crayons, dried up markers) were not appropriate gifts. To save the holiday, teachers and local government officials scrambled to distribute additional gifts donated by local churches. After hearing about this story, Forbes Tate Partners started our Toy Drive initiative in 2017 and has volunteered each holiday season since. Read FTP Founding Partner Dan Tate’s blog post about starting the Toy Drive here.