When I was a kid, my mom and I would make baskets filled with flowers or sweets and anonymously leave them on neighbors' doorsteps every May Day. This old, fading tradition is a simple way for families to brighten someone's life and it made a deep impression on me with regard to how we should treat other people. I learned that helping someone else didn't necessarily have to be monetary, it didn't have to take a lot of time or be a big deal. Something so simple as picking flowers of making cookies for a neighbor can really mean a lot.
I've continued these random acts of kindness throughout my life: leaving Valentines for lonely friends, volunteering to help those who can't help themselves, tutoring kids who need a little extra help. With school starting back up soon, I see a lot of opportunities to help out. I know that many parents are struggling to make ends meet and the expense of school supplies can be a burden on families, so I bought some Elmer's products through Elmer's #BagItForward project to help my neighbors out. It feels so good to be able to make a difference with such an easy gesture.
One of the families in my complex has two kids in elementary school AND a new baby to care for. We cross paths on occasion and I can see how hard they're trying to keep it together, with the dad working a lot of odd jobs and the mom doing her best to budget wisely. To make things just a little easier on them, I picked up two sets of Elmer's school glue, Elmer's binder pouches, Elmer's disappearing glue sticks, Elmer's supply cases and some crayons, folders and rulers at Walmart and made gift baskets for their kids. We're not close enough that I felt comfortable giving the baskets to them in person, so I left them anonymously on their doorstep so the kids would have a nice surprise when they woke up the next morning.
You Can Help Elmer’s Help Kids in Need!
Millions of kids go without school supplies every year. You can help by buying school items and donating them to kids in need. Elmer's even has a website where you can help spread the word by uploading pictures of items you Bagged Forward on www.bagitforward.org.
You don't even need to make a purchase to help out. Elmer’s is partnering with the Kids In Need Foundation to provide essential school supplies to students who need them the most. For every “like” on the Elmer’s Facebook page through Sept. 1, the company will donate one Elmer’s product. They'll make an additional donation (up to 200,000 products total) for every unique view the video receives on the Elmer’s Kids In Need tab. Please like the Elmer’s Facebook page, watch the video, and share it with friends and family. With just one click, you can help a child in need!
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer's #bagitforward #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.