School supplies are something that every student needs as they head into a new year of learning. However, some families simply do not have the funds. Other kids may find themselves in foster homes that cannot afford all of the necessities for school either.
Last week, I discussed the need for school supply donations in my community. I decided to put together a few kits of the most common school supplies needed in order to help those that are in need. I detailed my shopping experience as well as the creation of the school supply kits, which you can find in my previous post.
As you can tell from my shopping cart, my husband and I had a successful trip to Walmart to get the supplies needed for our kits. See our entire shopping experience in my Google+ album related to this post! My donation was part of the Elmer’s Bag it Forward campaign and Champions For Kids Simple Service Project. You can learn more about the organization by checking out their website. If you would like to make a donation but aren’t sure where you should drop off your items, check to see if your Walmart store has one of these nifty donation boxes near the doors. For my kits, I focused on what an elementary school student would likely need in his/her backpack on the first day of school. Younger students tend to need more in the way of supplies, including paper, pencils, erasers, scissors, crayons, and last but not least, glue. I made sure to add in only the best liquid and stick glue: Elmer’s! I decided to make our donation of the school supplies to our county’s department of family and children services. I chose this organization because they work closely with area families in need. I also participate in their Secret Santa project each year, purchasing gifts for a child that may otherwise not have much of a happy holiday. It’s a very heartwarming experience! I have no doubt that the school supply kits I am giving to the DFCS office will get placed in the hands of the children that need them most.
With our school supply kits ready to go, we loaded them into the Walmart bags the supplies came in and put them in the backseat with the kiddo. He was happy to be going for a drive, and we were ready to #BagItForward!
The gentleman we met at the DFCS office was very friendly and appreciative of our donation. We had actually called before heading down there to donate, and when he noticed our bags with the kits in them, he immediately remembered talking to us on the phone. It made me feel so good to be able to help out in my community! Plus, who am I kidding – I love buying for kids as well as for back to school time!
If you would like to get involved with the #BagItForward project, or simply want to show your appreciation for a worthy cause, be sure to visit Elmer’s on Facebook and Twitter. You can also learn more about #Champions4Kids by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter as well!
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