Going back to school after summer vacation is a pretty exciting time for kids. I remember standing at the mail box waiting for the mailman to come to deliver class assignments (yes, I’m dating myself, it was before everything was digital and they came via snail mail) and then calling all of my friends to see if they were in the same class as me.
For some families, it’s not as much fun because along with back-to-school excitement is the daunting prospect of being able to afford school supplies. If you have been in a Target lately, things are expensive! By the time you fill a backpack with the basic essentials, it adds up quickly. When you have more than one child, it sometimes creates a financial hardship or they will not even get a backpack. It’s one of those things I never really thought about and really took for granted.
Helping Hands Orange County, my community group, is doing our annual backpack drive to help kids in our communities go back to school in style! This is our 5th year in providing backpacks and it has been so much fun. Who doesn’t want a Disney Star Wars Kids Backpackfilled with fun surprises? I still get excited about backpack shopping as an adult (yes, that’s the nerdy part of me showing itself; I recently bought a pretty cool backpack from REI for hiking). We are partnering with the Orange County Family Justice Center in Anaheim, CA to provide backpacks for the kids in their program. In case you are not familiar with them, the OCFJC provides assistance to Survivors of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse. The kids in their program are certainly deserving! More information on them can be found on their website at:
In every community, there are kids in need. A backpack (under $10!), some pencils, markers and any other items will go a long way in starting off the school year in a great place. If you are local to Orange County, CA and want to donate a backpack or school supplies to put into it, please let me know! If you are farther away, Amazon Prime ships for free! Or, if you want to give back in your own community, it costs less than $20 to fill a backpack. You can hang one at your work and let your employees fill it, one pack of crayons at a time! Here is a list of the most common school supplies that kids need to start with.
Please consider supporting children in one way or another. It will make your heart very happy and make a huge difference in the life of a child starting the new school year! xo