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Lowe's donates washer, dryer to Cleveland teacher who started crowd-funding campaign

Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 13:46:48-05

CLEVELAND — An Almira Elementary School teacher’s crowd-funding campaign to purchase a washer and dryer for the school caught the attention of a hardware store who donated the units directly to the Cleveland school.

Lowe’s actually donated a washer and dryer to the school after News 5’s story aired, and money raised through the GoFundMe campaign will go to purchasing detergent and other supplies.

Third grade teacher Alexis Widmer learned that some of her low-income students can’t come to school because it can sometimes be a struggle to keep their school uniforms clean.

Widmer turned to crowd-funding, creating a GoFundMe page to raise money to install the units in the school, open for families and students to use.

In 29 days, the campaign raised $2,620 of its $3,500 goal. More donations are expected to come in later this week.

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