Sinks Pharmacy, under the management of Kim Litton, donated 31 infrared thermometers to the Maries R-2 School District on Aug. 25 after holding a special community fundraiser to help provide the …
Sinks Pharmacy, under the management of Kim Litton, donated 31 infrared thermometers to the Maries R-2 School District on Aug. 25 after holding a special community fundraiser to help provide the medical devices.
“I never thought it would blow up like it did, but it was pretty awesome,” Litton said on Tuesday.
Sinks Pharmacy finished collecting the donations on Aug. 25, the day school started.
“There were 31 thermometers donated to the school district,” Litton said. “They needed 26 additional thermometers so each teacher could have their own in the classroom. We donated all of those, plus some back ups.”
Litton said the pharmacists noted teachers in the district were purchasing thermometers at their own expense prior to school reopening and decided they would host a week-long community fundraiser to help.
“For every three that were purchased, we would donate one,” Litton said. “Some community members were buying and leaving theirs with us as an additional donation to the district. Sinks donated 10 thermometers. We were able to donate the full amount within three days.”
She added that they made the donations in trips as the thermometers were received. They finished donations on Aug. 25, so teachers would have them on the first day of school.
“We wanted to donate to teachers because they donate a lot out of their pocket each school year and didn’t want them to have this additional burden to buy themselves,” Litton said. “We ended it once we met our goal with extra. We were going to let it go on for a week, but we had met our goal and didn’t want to train the community if there were additional fundraisers.”
Superintendent Dr. Lenice Basham said Tuesday that teachers were appreciative of the donation.
“We appreciate your donation of classroom thermometers,” Basham said to both Sinks Pharmacy and the community.
Ozark Ambulance District on Sept. 2 also donated Clorox Wipes to the district.
“Our teachers were so excited to have them,” Basham said. “They know the more we sanitize, the longer we keep our kids in session and we are very thankful for the donation.”
The ambulance district donated 11 cases.