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Sprinkling Pixie Dust in Your Community

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.

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(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!

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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!

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This year we made an Elena of Avalor (Disney’s newest princess) themed backpack.

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We put in an Elena school supply kit along with the other requested supplies.

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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.

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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.

 

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