Sonnhalter Tool Drive to Support Habitat for Humanity
Since 2010, Sonnhalter has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity for an Annual Tool Drive.
To date, Sonnhalter has collected more than $515,000 in donations that are placed directly into service at the Habitat job sites. The rest are sold at one of the Habitat’s ReStore locations. All items donated help keep Habitat for Humanity running.
Sonnhalter had a vision to give back to the community and partnered with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Wishing to contribute beyond the traditional building project, the idea to create a month-long tool drive was derived in an agency brainstorming session. Sonnhalter was looking specifically to find a cause that aligned with our client base, dedicated to serving clients in the B2T (business-to-tradesmen) industry, making the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity a perfect fit and one that we could have a great impact on. Never did we fathom in that first year that the momentum of the tool drive would last 14 years!
During the month of August, the Northeast, Ohio community consisting of residents, organizations and businesses, is encouraged to bring donation items to one of the Sonnhalter Tool Donation Stations located from as far west as North Ridgeville, as far east as Mentor and as far south as Medina. Manufacturer and distributor donors are invited to ship their donations to either Sonnhalter or directly to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Sonnhalter can also be contacted to arrange for a pickup.
Donations can be new and gently used tools, as well as cabinets, sinks, building materials, furniture and appliances, that benefit Habitat for Humanity’s cause and its efforts of eliminating substandard housing. For more information on the kinds of donations that we accept, read this handy guide.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from past years.
Our fourteenth tool drive was our biggest year yet! Not only did we get a brand-new truck that was four feet bigger, but we collected over $100,000 in donations, which is the largest amount raised yet. We received large donations from Buyers Products, who donated four pallets of truck boxes, and Samsel Supply, who gave us our largest donation ever!
Downtown Pinnacle Building condominium donated beautiful, like-new furniture and CLE-organization Rock & Roll City Studios made a large donation to contribute to $26,500 in donations. Our client and manufacturers representative, CSV Marketing donated new work boots, and once again, local distributor, Samsel Supply, did some cleaning and provided a pallet plus more donations. Buyers Products, Kapro Tools and overwhelming local community donations also contributed.
Our thirteenth year proved to be very lucky! We raised $41,500 in donations from local distributor Samsel Supply, Kapro, Wright Tool, General Pipe, Ledlenser, NIBCO and Mortar Net Solutions. Buyers Products generously donated three pallets of product! In November, well after our tool drive was officially over, we received an incredible donation (and clearly the largest donation to date) from distributor, Supply Smart, valued at over $40,000.
The year of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had the unique challenge of holding our tool drive in a way that could be safe and effective. Despite anticipating a potential drop in community participation, we were pleasantly surprised that our donations were just as strong as past years. Our theory—people were staying at home and cleaning out their basements and garages! We raised $27,000 and had large donations from Mortar Net Solutions, General Pipe Cleaners, Viega, KNIPEX and Buyers Products!
In our tenth anniversary tool drive, we raised $28,000. Large donations included Samsel Supply, a local distributor that cleaned out inventory from its warehouse; our client, General Pipe Cleaners donated one of its Mini Rooter XP + camera systems; Viega and Mortar Net Solutions. To help us celebrate, PTEN and Professional Distributor donated banner ad space to help spread the word!
In our fifth year we raised $35,000 in donations. A large donation arrived from Council Tool in a semitruck from their headquarters in North Carolina! Our highest single donation to date occurred thanks to the generosity of KNIPEX, with a donation valued at more than $11,000 in new pliers. RIDGID, WD-40 and Gerber also provide substantial donations. And we received one of our most unusual donations from the community—a cupola!
Our second year, we raised over $26,000. We received an amazing three pallets of electrical products from Madison Electric! We also received generous donations from Molex and Council Tool. Unfortunately, our Habitat for Humanity Restore round-up truck had some mechanical troubles and needed to be towed!
Sonnhalter had a vision to give back to the community and partnered with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. We wished to contribute beyond the traditional building project, hence, the idea to create a month-long tool drive. We never dreamed this would be the start of a decade-long initiative. We raised over $16,000 in community donations and had corporate contributions from Madison Electric, Molex, KNIPEX and Work Area Protection.