With summer drawing to a close, kids around the country are heading back to school. Here in the greater Anchorage area of Alaska, that day is today for the public school kids. My boys and I actually started our new homeschool year on Monday and a few private schools began that day as well.
While I might walk into a local store and feel gleeful at the thought of buying school supplies to start the new year, I recognize that not everyone is able to do just that.
Other mothers might be wondering how they can afford to buy the items marked required on the school supply list.
Right now, people across the country are helping those in need through Elmer’s Bag it Forward SIMPLE Service Project. This project is under the Champions 4 Kids umbrella which seeks to “ensure all children have the resources they need to thrive.” Bag It Forward is their featured project this month. Being part of it is so easy. You can pick up extra supplies as you shop and then donate them for distribution to local schools.
D joined me in a short shopping adventure to our local Wal-Mart to pick up supplies for a local organization, a Cub Scout Pack with over a dozen boys already signed up for the Tiger den this year. Past den leaders had mentioned struggling to afford the supplies needed for all the projects the younger scouts make. So, I thought the Tiger den would be a perfect recipient of my Bag It Forward effort.
If I didn’t have an idea of what to pick up, I could have just checked out one of the lists from the local schools sitting in the eye catching display with the Elmer’s logo.
We found packages of Elmer’s Glue Sticks down one of the aisles and picked up several as kids are known to go through a lot of glue on their projects. Years of experience has taught me that the glue sticks work much better for young boys without the mess of bottled glue.
Searching for drawing paper had me visiting the aisle with so many crafting items. It takes a lot of restraint to not pick up too many things for our house. When given the opportunity, the boys can go through a fair amount of supplies.
By the time we went to check out, there were several nice stacks of supplies sitting in my cart.
D enjoyed helping me on this shopping trip without his brothers, including loading the bags into our van.
Now we are excited to deliver the bags to the Tiger Den Leader this coming week so she is ready to start the year without worrying about purchasing the supplies needed for their learning adventures. Giving back to others always feels good and I am happy that I can help plant the seed for generosity in my boys.
You, too, can jump on board the giving train with the Bag It Forward project. Check out Champions for Kids on both Facebook and Twitter. You can connect with Elmer’s on both Facebook and Twitter, too. Finally, you can view the entire shopping experience that D and I had in my Google + album.
Disclaimer ~ I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Champions for Kids #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own.