Photos by Pixilated Photo Booth.
Randallstown, MD – Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens was camped out in the Garden Center at the Randallstown Walmart Super Center Sunday to collect back to school supplies for four elementary schools in the Baltimore County School District. Fans were encouraged via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to meet Smith there from 12-3 p.m. Fans purchased over $2,000 worth of school supplies, matched and exceeded by a donation from Walmart of an additional $15,000.
Fans were encouraged to purchase pre-packaged back to school kits, assembled at different price points of $5 -$20 and consisting of various school supplies from the Baltimore County School Supply Lists for 1st through 4th grade. Smith was standing on the other side of cash registers to personally accept donations.
Donations were split evenly among four elementary schools, including: Randallstown Elementary, Featherbed Elementary, Dogwood Elementary and Winfield Elementary. Representatives returned to schools that evening (Sunday) with supplies. Baltimore County School District Teachers start next week.
“These people came out to donate supplies to kids they don’t even know,” said Smith. “We are blessed to be part of a community that does that.”
After donating, fans were treated to a small party in the Garden Center with free food, photos and a live DJ*.
Fans that were unable to attend still have the opportunity to give to the cause at TorreySmith.org
The Torrey Smith Foundation will launch its next program, an age appropriate Reading Room called Torrey’s Reading Ring of Honor, September 22 at Ben Franklin High School. The Foundation will host it’s Annual Celebrity Waiter Night Fundraiser November 18th at Ruth’s Chris’ Steakhouse + Havana Club on Water Street. For information on these and other programs, or to make donations, please visit www.TorreySmith.org.
About Torrey Smith Foundation
The mission of the Torrey Smith Foundation is to better the lives of Baltimore-area youth by providing educational support, opportunities and resources. The goal is to touch the lives of more than 35,000 children by 2016. Learn more at www.TorreySmith.org.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
*The success of Torrey’s Back to School Drive was made possible through the generosity of many sponsors who donated time and product. These include: Pixilated Photobooth, Dippin’ Dots, Pepsi, Jimmy’s Sea Food and of course, Walmart.