Hand Sanitizer Gift Supports Memorial Supply Drive
Every summer, Samantha and Derek Idle organize a charitable effort in memory of their daughter, Trinity, who was born prematurely in 2006.
The Idles chose a school supply drive this year, and they received many donations including 62,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for VCS students!
A family friend arranged the major donation of Williams Hand Sanitizer, which was delivered to the VCS warehouse this month. New York-based manufacturer Combe Inc. was happy to help students and staff return to schools safely in Trinity’s honor.
“Losing our daughter was the hardest thing we have ever had to endure, but these donations remind us of the beauty that has come from her short life,” Mrs. Idle said.
The Port Orange couple does something positive in Trinity’s memory each year around her August birthday. It’s a family affair that includes sons Jadon, 17, and Jaxson, 9, who are students in Volusia County Schools.
All three of the Idles’ children were preemies, and Mrs. Idle has become a champion of efforts to prevent premature birth. She traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for renewal of the Newborn Screening Act and has volunteered with the March of Dimes’ family support website. The Idles have served as an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes. Their efforts have included fundraisers for March of Dimes or the Molly Bears nonprofit organization.
This summer’s school supply drive was inspired in part by Jaxson’s love for reading, and in addition to the hand sanitizer, they collected 149 books, including many Sunshine State Young Readers. Other items collected included construction paper, markers, paint, basketballs, soccer balls, pencils, cleaning supplies, scissors, and notebook paper. Dozens of friends and family contributed, with donations coming from as far away as Pennsylvania, Texas, and Oklahoma.
“Anytime you can give back, even if it’s just your time, that’s what’s important,” Mrs. Idle said. “Our schools are funded for only so much, and teachers spend their own money on supplies. These are the people building the foundation for our next generation.”