Elmer’s Bag It Forward is a great program to be involved in. What could be better than donating school supplies to children across the United States that are in need of the necessary items to help them learn? There are so many children who do without items that are important for them to succeed in school. I have always felt very fortunate that my daughter was able to have what she needed for her schooling, it is one of the reasons I love to participate in programs like this.
As you may know, I homeschooled my daughter. Homeschooling is different in many ways from public or private school, but there are many ways it is the same. Take for instance, purchasing school supplies. Taylor Ann, my daughter, always wanted to go to Walmart to choose the newest implements for her learning. For us, it was an all day affair. We would start by having a great breakfast and then we would put our shopping shoes on and head off. We might spend hours deciding which supplies would end up in our cart. It was a great day for both of us.
Sadly, not every child has an opportunity to do this. That is where Elmer’s Bag It Forward Campaign and Champions for Kids comes in. These great organizations make sure every child has an opportunity for a healthy and happy school experience.
So, the other day, Taylor Ann and I put on our shopping shoes and went to purchase some items to help out children in need!
Since my daughter was in her early teens we have taken time to focus on those who have less than us. We may not have as much as some, but our family has more than many.
While living in West Virginia, Taylor Ann volunteered at the local school’s reading program. She worked with children who needed assistance reading and also needed a meal during the day. When she was older, she took a paid position with the AmeriCorps reading program. She not only read to the children, and helped them with reading but also, contacted local organizations and created a weekend take home lunch program. The children in the Appalachian mountains are some of the poorest children around.
We were able to purchase so many great items from Walmart. A few of the items donated are notebooks, pencils, pens, highlighters, Elmer’s glue (bottled and sticks), pencil boxes, erasers, Crayons, tissues and hand sanitizers.
Since my daughter recently graduated from college, and was no longer in need of school items, we decided to donate two bags of supplies for the children. We were so happy to give to our community.
We donated the items to Empowerhouse, a local shelter for battered women. (Because of the need for privacy, I was not able to get a photo of the donation.) I challenge you to fill a bag of school supplies for children in need. When you drop it off at a shelter or school, tell them that you participated in the Elmer’s Bag It Forward program.
You can find more information at the Champions For Kids website, the Bag It Forward website, Elmer’s on Facebook, Elmer’s on Twitter or Bag it Forward on Pinterest. If you would like to see more photos of my shopping trip with Taylor Ann, stop by my Google + Photo Album.