Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1776 High Lake Road, is wrapping up its semi-annual collection drive for the Women's Resource Center.
Donations of the following items will be accepted through May 31: adult and children's spring and summer clothing and coats, men's and women's career clothes, twin-size sheets, playpens, personal care products, paper products, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, diapers (larger sizes and Pull-ups), baby wipes, bath towels, washcloths, baking pans and silverware.
For details or to schedule a drop-off, call the church office, 941-7812. For details, visit www.princeofpeacetraversecity.org.
In mid-April, downtown Traverse City streets were filled with families, friends, co-workers and community members who teamed up to support local school children in the inaugural Traverse Traveler Scavenger Hunt for Autism.
The scavenger hunt was a fundraiser for the iPads for Autism Program at Traverse City Area Public Schools, a pilot program started in 2011, which provided iPads for nine of the 120 TCAPS student with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brandy Wheeler, creator of the Traverse Traveler app, met with Special Education Director James McCall to become a Partner in Education.
"Brandy Wheeler ... along with the group of volunteers, made a significant difference in the lives of many students with autism," McCall said. "Through their partnership with TCAPS, 20 or more students will have use of an iPad to enhance their educational experience. We are grateful for the passion, organization and commitment the Traverse Traveler brings to this partnership."
The fundraiser was Brandy's brainchild. Teams used the Traverse Traveler app and a QR code reader to locate participating downtown businesses, check-in and unlock a clue for the activity. Volunteers stationed at every venue helped with the on-site challenge and handed out prize tickets. Eighty-four teams participated in the event and raised more than $14,000 to purchase iPads and apps for TCAPS students.
"My goal was 50 teams," Brandy said. "With that number I believed we could reach our target of 1,000 check-ins and earn an additional $1,000 from our title sponsor Lucky Jack's. We were blown away by the overwhelming response from the community. We ended up with 337 people and a grand total of 2,078 check-ins! It was amazing!"
The total funds raised were generated through donations from event sponsors, team registrations and private donors.
Just after the event, the Traverse City Rotary Committee for the Handicapped awarded a $2,000 grant to the iPads for Autism Program from funds raised during their annual Tag Day.
Encouraged by the positive response, organizers already are planning for next year and TCAPS continues to accept donations for the iPads for Autism program at www.tcaps.net/autism.