The Florida Holocaust Museum has been providing Teaching Trunks for almost 30 years. These age appropriate  resources allow teachers to have suitable tools to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. These Trunks are shipped to schools around Florida and out of state at no cost to the schools who request them. Each Trunk weighs more than 100 pounds!

Thanks to the generosity of Amy and Michael Southard, through their foundation Crofton Cares, donations made to the Annual Trunks of Hope campaign for the last few years have been matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000.

Your gift to this campaign by September 30 will be matched again this year.

These Teaching Trunks are essential for school age children to learn about the Holocaust and other forms of intolerance and prejudice. Unfortunately, Holocaust denial and distortion have been on the rise as well as antisemitic incidents, not only in the Tampa Bay area, but around the country. Antisemitism and other forms of hatred are best dispelled through education. These Trunks offer the means necessary to equip our youth to recognize and reject any form of bias. Additionally, these Teaching Trunks encourage our young people to become Upstanders rather than Bystanders.

The Teaching Trunks are one of the primary ways we assist educators with FREE quality resources to fulfill the Florida Holocaust education mandate. Other ways we support the teachers and students include:

• Holocaust Survivor testimony providing first-hand accounts, making history come alive
• Primary source-based curriculum guides paired with The FHM virtual tour, 3D images of select artifacts, audio clips and more
• Educational workshops and on-demand sessions available for teachers who need guidance on how to teach about the Holocaust

Holocaust education has never been more important. Please make your gift today knowing that it will be matched by Crofton Cares through September 30.

Thank you very much for investing in Holocaust education for our youth!

Please make your secure online donation below.

Remember your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 by Amy and Michael Southard through their charitable foundation, Crofton Cares. Making your gift a recurring gift each month will have even more impact.

This is a moment in history when we need the lessons that Holocaust Survivors have shared with us – lessons of resilience and hope. Thank you for being a part of our #TrunksofHope campaign.

If you’d like to know more about the Teaching Trunks or if you are a teacher who would like to request one for their classroom, click here.


Thank you Amy and Michael Southard through their charitable foundation, Crofton Cares.

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The Florida Holocaust Museum, Inc., is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Registration Number CH6448 and receives 100% of all donated funds. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state or online at Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.