‘We’re very appreciative:’ Bucks player Khris Middleton donates $25K to MPS COVID-19 Relief Fund

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 26: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball while being guarded by Justise Winslow #20 of the Miami Heat in the third quarter at the Fiserv Forum on October 26, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks player Khris Middleton has donated $25,000 to the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, and his gift will be fully matched by the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Trust Fund, through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

According to a press release, the two gifts will provide nearly 2,500 supply kits for students and families, filled with cleaning and hygiene products and academic supplies.

“We’re very appreciative that Khris Middleton, the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Trust Fund, Boswell Books, T-Mobile, and others have spearheaded the community leadership required to assist our efforts for relief for families and immediate student needs. We truly thank them, along with the many community members that have donated to these initiatives, for going the extra mile at this unprecedented moment,” said Wendell Willis, Executive Director of the MPS Foundation.

So far, the MPS Foundation has raised over $60,000 to offset the most urgent needs of students and their families through two newly established funds:

COVID-19 Relief Fund – The relief fund will help support e-learning tools for students and staff; household supplies like hand soap, laundry detergent, and other cleaning supplies; and activity packages with academic materials, cards, board games, and other items.

  • Lead donors Khris Middleton and the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Trust Fund have given $25,000 each to provide MPS students with approximately 2,500 supply kits for distribution in late April. Academic kits will include academic books and games, arts and crafts supplies, playing cards, board games, and puzzles. Hygiene kits will include laundry detergent, hand soap, and a variety of cleaning supplies.
  • Boswell Book Company will provide funding and coordination for an effort to distribute books to families in need.

Nutrition Support  The Nutrition Support fund will help MPS continue to provide healthy meals, snacks, and food packages for our students, families, and community members in need.

  • A partnership with T-Mobile and MPS’ Strategic Partnerships department will distribute $5,000 in Walmart gift cards for families at Samuel Clemens School.

Additionally, the Foundation is collaborating with the Greater Milwaukee community and the citywide MKE Responds Fund, which is supporting many MPS families to provide additional meal kits, academic supports, and household goods.

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