The generous employees of PNC Bank have once again held a Winter Clothing Drive to collect new hats, mittens, scarves, undergarments, socks and other warm clothing for the students of Head Start.

Three of those PNC employees – Bill McDonnell, Toledo Market Regional President, Tom Montrie, Mortgage Market Manager and Deb Ernsthausen, Client and Community Relations Director – on Wednesday, December 17, dropped off more than 800 items at the Head Start location at the Summit Center, 1500 N. Summit St.

This is the fourth year for the PNC Winter Clothing drive, which is an outreach of Grow Up Great, PNC's $350 million, multi-year bilingual early childhood education initiative.

On hand to accept the gifts were Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of TPS, Dr. Cecelia Adams, president of the Toledo Board of Education and Dr. Hope Bland, the director of Head Start for TPS. Dr. Bland said that there were enough donated items that each of the seven Head Start locations will be able to have a collection of hats, gloves, socks, and other items.

That way, if children lose or don't have such cold weather necessities as hats or mittens, Head Start staff members will be able to make sure the students are warm this winter.

Written on December 17, 2014