A few days ago I wrote about the wonderful opportunity I had to participate in the August Champion for Kids Simple Service Project called Bag It Forward, which was sponsored by Elmer’s. You can read that article here. The project involved purchasing back-to-school supplies for children and then donating them to the organization of my choice. There were tons of organizations to choose from that were in need of school supplies. Schools everywhere have been affected by deep budget cuts and now look to the children to bring many of their own supplies to school.
After quite a bit of thought, I decided to donate my stash of school supplies to the Baldwin Center in Pontiac –a city full of children truly in need.
On August 30, 2012, the Baldwin Center will provide over 600 backpacks to kids who need them. The Baldwin Center relies on donations from churches, businesses, and average citizens that want to help. There are over 100 volunteers that help with sorting the school supplies, stuffing the backpacks and distributing them to the kids. It really lets the kids know that someone really cares!
My eight-year old son and I went shopping at Walmart for supplies (found on The Baldwin Centers Wish List) – lots of glue, pencils, erasers, markers, notebooks and crayons. You can see photos of our shopping experience by visiting our Google+ Album.
We packaged them up in a big tote bag and headed off to see our contact person at the Center. My son was a real trooper – lugging the heavy bag up two flights of stairs to the collection area. While the gentleman I spoke to earlier was unavailable when we stopped in, he did send me a nice email thanking me for all the great supplies we had left with his co-worker earlier that day. He was VERY appreciative.
It made us both feel good to be involved in such a helpful project.
You can find out more about the Champion for Kids program and how you can get involved by visiting their website you can also follow them on twitter or facebook. You can also connect with Elmer’s on facebook and twitter.
Disclosure: I am a member of 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 #Social Fabric #BagitForward #Champion4Kids