Where better to Sprinkle Pixie Dust than in your own community?!
I don’t know about you, but I vividly remember growing up and picking out all my new school supplies – it energized me and made me excited about heading back to school in the Fall…fresh notebooks, new markers, new backpack…I loved it.
(You guessed it, I grew up and became a teacher!) Of course my parents were the ones who paid for everything and I didn’t really realize how long and costly those supply lists were. When I started teaching it really hit me – I realized how much I needed to ask the families to provide – and I also realized how many families couldn’t afford it. For the most part I was able to make most items communal supplies – but I’m sure the kids who weren’t carrying the bags of school supplies up to the classroom each first day still felt left out. I remember sending crayons home with a child because one day when he didn’t hand in homework and I asked why, he said it was because his family didn’t have them.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been on leave from my job, but every summer when I see the “Back to School” ads I think about all those kids. I found out that the Volunteers of America (VOA) sponsor an “Operation Backpack” Program where you can donate school supplies and they’ll distribute them to families who need them!
So for the past few years, I’ve filled a backpack and dropped it off at one of their collection sites. Now that my children are a little older, they help me do the shopping and we talk about where the supplies are going. In the past, the VOA even posted a picture shopping list so that younger kids could be an even more helpful part of the process!
This year we made an Elena of Avalor (Disney’s newest princess) themed backpack.
We put in an Elena school supply kit along with the other requested supplies.
Then we dropped it off at our local Raymour & Flanigan – where I was happy to see they had tons of backpacks already boxed up and ready to ship to the VOA.
In New York, the drive ends this Friday (Aug 5th), but other states have different drives going on – and of course if you’re interested in donating school supplies you can always donate them directly to a local family shelter or to your local public school.
If you’re interested in learning more about OPERATION BACKPACK you can read about it and see the different K-12 supply list by clicking here.