I've been really blessed that I have a lot of opportunities to give back to my community through various campaigns with the blog. When I saw the incredible education initiatives happening at my local church, I knew that they'd be the perfect candidate for my latest endeavor with Elmer's #BagItForward program. The concept is simple: shop for school supplies for a family member or friend as you normally would, and buy a second set so you can go donating school supplies to a student or teacher in need.
A Worthy Cause
The youth programs at my church are incredible. On top of nursery school and weekly kids' fellowship sessions, the main campus offers student ministries and preschool. Having taught bible school for a number of years myself, I know that it can be overwhelming to focus with so many kids running around, and sometimes your real purpose gets lost in the shuffle. Not here. These teachers are totally devoted.
Even the building where the students meet is incredible, thanks to some generous donations of time and money. Some Boy loves to run around with all the little kids and marvel over the cool paintings and play structures.
Donating School Supplies
I went shopping to pick up some school supplies to surprise my college-age sister, and went ahead and picked up a duplicate set for a student in need. Technically, though, I'd also consider my sister to be a “student in need” as well…that girl is perpetually broke!
While I was shopping at Walmart, I spied a cool display touting their new 1st Day app and gave it a whirl. It helps parents document photos from their kids' first day of school and gives them an easy and fun way to share the experience with friends. Best of all, for every photo taken with the app, Elmer's will donate one school supply to the Kids in Need Foundation (up to 200,000 products).
I picked up all the supplies I think would be necessary for any kid to make a presentation board, including a tri-fold display from Elmer's, 3D glitter pens (every display needs some glitter!), pens and paper for jotting down notes, and glue sticks and Elmer's school glue to glue things to the board. I remember how expensive these presentation supplies can get when you have to run to the nearest convenience store to pick them up at the last minute, and it was honestly a bit of a burden on my parents. I love being able to help a kid in need by donating school supplies like this that I get at a great price at Walmart.
I wrapped up a set for my sister and a set for a student in need and headed off to the church to donate my package! The church was thrilled that I was donating school supplies, and they promised to get it to a family they know of that needs help.
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 Elmer’s #BagItForward #CBias. All opinions are my own.