Helping Kids In Need Get Ready For School ~ #BagItForward #CBias

We Love Helping Kids in Our Community
~ The #BagItForward Program Helps Make This Possible ~
I love that my kids are already psyched about finding items for school. My daughter received her list for 3rd grade on the last day of 2nd grade, and she has been excited about getting items since then! Walmart just started putting out Back-to-School displays so we thought we might as well beat the rush! My son will be starting kindergarten in the fall, so all big kids at our house now (sniff, sniff), but I am excited that he is excited for school and to be a big boy! He wants to get school supplies too and be like big sister! 
Walmart
 
Walmart is of course our go-to place for everything! My daughter grabbed her list and we were headed to the store! There were items like: pencils (sharpened), Elmer’s glue sticks, eight different colored spiral notebooks (one for each subject), a 12-inch ruler, and much more! It was a very specific list!

School Supply List

My kids and I have also been donating many items to our local charity. The last donation we made was 50 boxes of Post cereal for the #PostCFK “Post Bowls of Hope” program. It was an amazing experience to help others, and my daughter got so much out of the experience. She asks me all the time now about when we can donate more items to The Sharing Locker, our local charity. They even wrote and mailed us a very nice letter after our last donation, and she keeps that on her desk. I told her while we were shopping for her school items, that this would be a great time to buy for kids in need! The philosophy of “Buy Two, Give One” I completely love, and the Bag It Forward program will help to gather school supplies for kids in need using this same idea. My kids were psyched to help out kids and our community again!
They decided that they would each pick out a backpack for a kid in need a fill it up with school supplies! My son picked out a pirate backpack and my daughter chose a monkey backpack. 

Backpacks at Walmart
We went around and found items off my daughter’s list and found items for other kids too! We wanted to make a donation big enough to not only help two kids in need, but many. They figured we would make a girl and boy backpack of goodies and then a large donation of other items as well to help more kids!
School Supplies at Walmart

Elmer's Glitter Glue PensElmer's Binder Pouch

Shopping at Walmart

Shopping at Walmart
As we did purchase many items at Walmart, they unfortunately did not have all the items we needed. I am a former teacher of eight years, and I taught in the elementary and middle schools. I know how important it is to get everything on the supply list and to get the correct items. We were now in search of the eight different colored subject spiral notebooks that she needs for each subject! We decided we would try another Walmart the next day and get everything we needed. My son decided to come with me on this trip and luckily we found them!
Spirals for #BagItForward
We not only found the notebooks we were in search of here (17 cents each), but we found something else super cool! As we were looking at the displays we found some extra items to add to our donation, and a fantastic Elmer’s display that had a FREE app to download to your phone where you can take pictures of that wonderful “First Day of School” experience to share with others, as well as having Elmer’s make a donation to the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) just from you taking a picture with this app! How cool is that? 
Take pictures to share with family and friends and help kids in need at the same time! That is wonderful! We decided we had to download this cool app right away and start taking pictures so kids in need can start to get some more items! It was so easy to download and use! You could either download it from using the scan code on the display or through the site listed on the display. My son was very excited to be in a picture to have a donation made to other kids in need! We also took a picture to share of an awesome deal we found at Walmart! Elmer’s glue sticks were 10 cents each! We bought 20 of them to add to our donation! Walmart supplies are so affordable! You can help and donate something!

Elmer's 1st Day School App

Elmer's 1st Day School App
Elmer's 1st Day School App

Elmer's 1st Day School AppElmer's 1st Day School App
Elmer's 1st Day School App

Elmer's 1st Day School AppElmer's 1st Day School App

Elmer's 1st Day School App

Elmers Glue Sticks #BagItForward
Elmer's 1st Day School App
 Elmer’s 1st Day App ~ Capture, Create, Share!
So many cool aspects of this app we will need to check out later; slideshows, captions, colorful borders, tags, etc.
After we got home my kids were ready get the bags together for our donation. When I was teaching it was always nice to have others donate to kids that need help. There are some kids that just can’t afford everything on that supply list, so every little bit helps! I would buy items for some of my students when I was teaching, and I loved helping them out! Kids take pride in having the items they need at school. Now I am able to help out kids again and with my own kids helping now as well. I love to instill in them the desire to help others.
#BagItForward Donation

#BagItForward Donation

#BagItForward Donation
Now off to The Sharing Locker to make another donation to our community! Two filled backpacks and a huge bag of other school supplies! Also, please visit your local Walmart and look for the wonderful Elmer’s 1st Day display! Download the Elmer’s 1st Day App, buy some items to donate to kids in need (“Buy Two, Give One!”), and find a local organization, school, or family to help out! You will be glad you did! And at Walmart prices, it’s very affordable to help others. You can do it and afford something to help others! “Bag It Forward” everyone! 

Donating to the Sharing Locker #BagItForwardDonating to the Sharing Locker #BagItForward
Donating to the Sharing Locker #BagItForward
  
The Kids Were Super Excited to Make Their Donation They Created!

To see our entire shopping trip, check out the Google+ Album we created to see all the awesome items we found at Walmart! 
Don’t forget to visit Elmer’s on Facebook and on Twitter and let them know how wonderful it is that they are donating items to kids with the Elmer’s 1st Day App! 
You can also see many other Bag It Forward Project by visiting the board on Pinterest showcasing wonderful donations.



I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Elmer’s #BagItForward #CBias. All opinions though are mine and mine alone.

Kristin

Comments

  1. What a great cause! Side Note: Is it really already back to school season?

  2. Wow! That is great that your kids not only get excited for their own school supplies, but to help others too. I love that! :)

  3. What a great way to teach children about charity.

  4. What a wonderful post, I loved you are teaching your children about Charity. I felt like I was on the trip with you :) How fun and Thank you all my girls are grown. Now we shop for college <3

  5. That is awesome! This year my little brother just has to bring in money and the teachers are buying all the school supplies. So the only shopping we will be doing is for donating!

  6. I loved reading about your school supply donation trip! So nice that the kids like to get involved too!

  7. What a great program! I’m going to download the app, so I’m ready when we start our back-to-school supply shopping (which will be soon since school starts back here 8/14). Way too early, in my opinion. :)

  8. That is so sweet, I am sure whoever gets those backpacks are going to be thrilled! You got some great stuff at great prices too!

  9. What a great shopping trip! Love that Elmer’s app. I’m going to have to check out my local Walmart for a similar display. Thanks for sharing. :)

  10. We love back-to-school supply shopping, every year I really do look forward to it! Because we are homeschooling we don’t ever really have a first day of school picture, but I always wish that we did, so this year I am downloading the app and we are going to have a picture!

  11. What a great trip with the kids! Love when we can give back!

  12. Such a great cause. So many kids don’t ever get supplies, much less every year!

  13. I love Elmers products. What a great thing to do for your community! Kids need school supplies!

  14. Oh I love school supplies! My little guy is too young for most of them, but I may have to go shop for charity. Great post, I love to see people helping one another, especially children.

  15. Fantastic and so kind of your to spend so much time getting everything on the list!

  16. Awesome! I think it’s so important to teach kids to give. What a fun way to teach them! Thanks for the info on the app. I’ll have to download it!

  17. This is a side of Walmarts that few ever hear about–it is good to know that extras for donations can be purchased because of the prices–Kudos to Kodak and of course to your kids!!

  18. I love the monkey backpack!!! And, I scanned the QR with my phone right off of your blog! Can’t wait to do first day of school shopping for daughter. She’s starting kindergarten. We’re bother excited, but I think I’m more sad. :( lol

  19. Your kids look like they had a lot of fun with this. I’m such a nerd about spiral notebooks and was so excited to see the 17 cent ones when I shopped!!

  20. Great post! Reminded me that I have to do some back to school shopping myself and i love love love the fact that your kids can experience first hand the value of donating. :)

  21. Great Post!! I will have to look for it when I am in walmart!!

  22. Awesome cause!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful way for the kids to participate in giving back.

  24. Anonymous says:

    sorry forgot my id on the last post
    mom2ri@aol.com
    Pam :)

  25. great Idea and Thing to follow ty

  26. Anonymous says:

    That is great!

  27. This is such a wonderful idea!! There are so many children out there that are in need! XoXo

  28. sandy p says:

    great cause

  29. great way to give back to the kids

  30. Anonymous says:

    Lisa Rossi
    This is great.

  31. What a great thing to do! You could see the pride beaming off your kids’ faces.

  32. How refreshing…Empathy needs to be taught to children and giving is one such way!

  33. That is so nice…good to see you teaching your children charity starts at home. We have done that in the past, my kids are grown but that does not stop us from doing what we can. Love the app…will have to check in to that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  34. What a wonderful post!! Thank you for all you do!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    More kids need to help and do things like this. Giving and being a caring person is lacking in today’s world! Nora Ancel

  36. This is wonderful! I taught school for a number of years and spent so much of my own money (and time) making sure that my students maintained the supplies that they needed for school.

  37. chickie brewer says:

    This is great!

  38. awesome that the kids are so involved in this

  39. What a great idea. My kids & I will be doing this too!! Thanks for the great ideas!!

  40. I always buy backpacks and scholl supplies when they go on clearance.. hold onto 2 sets for my granddaughters and give the rest to their homeroom teacher for her to give to students in need!

  41. It’s great for kids to help

  42. karin spence says:

    Its a lovely idea, if everyone does something, there should be no kids without necessary supplies. Adding the kids in the shopping and giving, they get to appreciate what that have.

  43. i love this post! So awesome you get your kids involved! That is how I was raised and I always get involved!

  44. It is so wonderful your kids get involved and excited about making donations to help others! This is such a great cause!

    Jennifer Hedden
    jenrenh@hotmail.com

  45. Debra Carpenter says:

    What a great thing to do

  46. wow this is awesome im glad there are still great people out there willing to help others in need!!!

  47. shanwag says:

    What a great cause!

  48. Kelly McCutcheon says:

    Awesome post! What a wonderful cause!

  49. Chellsea says:

    This is very cool and looks like a ton of fun at the same time! :)

  50. What an awesome program and it’s even more awesome that your kids are excited about it!

  51. great cause, kids
    would love this

  52. Love to see kids being charitable. Elmer’s is cool to have this donation too.

  53. Thank you for teaching your children the importance of caring for others and sharing. This is a great program to participate in year after year!

  54. That is awesome :) Great cause to donate :)

  55. this is awsome

  56. Walmart rocks!

  57. That’s awesome!

  58. This is a great idea… thank you

  59. that is so awesome that you can help out others in need! walmart is the place to do it as well. Wish there were more people like yall out there and your teaching your kids awesome skills!

  60. Anonymous says:

    Thats cool that your kids are excited for school..and donating as well. I can’t wait till my kids are old enough to start doing this. :)

    Laura
    soundsdisco@yaho.com

  61. great way to teach kids the gift of giving and that all other kids are not as fortinate as some.

  62. it’s really a great cause and teaches kids about charity

  63. Anonymous says:

    awesome job, way to go kids
    joyce

  64. So glad you brought “Bag It Forward” to my attention, I wasn’t aware.
    Thank you!

  65. Anonymous says:

    Love teaching about giving. Children learn by example.

  66. Crystal C. says:

    That is so awesome. There are many kids that don’t get the help and have to go with out.

  67. This is so nice. I have 4 grandkids going to school this year. it made my day to read this.

  68. awesome alot of us need help thanks to people like u!

  69. AWESOME!

  70. i always buy extra and donate it at a local bank that takes donations; great program!

  71. That is great. It’s awesome to show kids how great helping feels!

  72. Great cause–love it :)

  73. It looked like your children had fun doing this. What a great way to teach them how to give back to the community. I found it interesting to see how Elmers is supporting others also.

  74. What a great way to start the school year!! Im sure your kids feel great about helping other kids in need, and helping others in their community!! I know that whatever kids get those backpacks full of goodies are going to be sooo happy:)

  75. Christy Maurer says:

    This is so great! More people should do this with their kids!

  76. NOW THAT IS JUST SOOOO COOL… I TRY TO ALWAYS HELP OUT IN SOMEWAY OR ANOTHER!! <3

  77. Jean Godwin says:

    Your children are so lucky to have a mom who loves education in all its forms. You are clearly the kind of woman who shares what she knows with whomever is interested — you even got me to sign up with StumbleUpon, where I never thought I would be the least interested. You go, girl!

    You did a good thing publicizing all the items you bought at WalMart, because now countless mothers are searching out Glue Sticks, Apps and who knows what all! Again, you go, girl! Thanks for the opportunity to go into the raffle for the gift card. I’m a “broke” grandmother and if I won I could use the money for my granddaughter’s back to school stash.

    Jean Godwin (gmakitty)

  78. What a great thing to do!! Awesome article.

  79. Amyparille@yahoo.com says:

    What a great cause and how awesome to teach your kids such a great lesson.

  80. this is an awesome thing that you guys are doing not onlydoes it help the famileies but it helps the children!

  81. Anonymous says:

    This is so awesome what a good idea for children in need ty mary benack

  82. I think this is a great cause!

  83. I love that you are involving your children at such an early age. It is so important to teach kindness and generosity, along with reading and writing.
    Tracy A.J.

  84. This is absolutely wonderful!

  85. that is so wonderful..very great cause and it’s good to see others helping one another!

  86. This is awesome!!

  87. awesome to start the kids out young, so they appreciate being able to help others!

  88. nice work

  89. Phyllis Villarreal says:

    Great idea!!
    moreofulord@yahoo.com

  90. That is great! I was hoping to find school supply coupons to make it easier and more affordable to donate this year.
    juli guthrie

  91. awesome!!!

  92. That’s so sweet of you and great that you involved your children.

  93. This is an awesome idea!

  94. This is an awsome thing to do so many kids that need that little bit in the start of the school year thanks for doing this

  95. Wonderful! Never too early to get kid’s involved!

  96. Anita Jones says:

    such an awesome cause!!

  97. Awesome! Great idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

  98. That is so awesome you and your kids did this! YAAAAAAAAAAY! :D

  99. you are a wonderful mom to have brought your children up to have kind and caring hearts that not just want for themselves but want to give back!

  100. That is super sweet of them! They have a great Mom to teach them to be that way! : )

  101. What a great idea!

  102. Great article. I love looking at all the photos as well. I also like picking up school items every year to donate. They are so cheap at this time of year, so why not? I have never thought about filling a backpack though. My son starts school this year too (saddest day of my life lol) so I think getting him involved in something like this would be awesome. He already sorts though his toys a couple times a year and decides on his own what stuff he would like to donate to needy kids.

  103. Wow! I loved how the kids wanted to get involved to giving back..You are a great Mom. I loved your post and I loved the pirate backpack. I loved the little girl one also but in my household I have two boys. Such sweet kids I bet they were really excited to help out.

  104. What a great experience for you and your children. You scored some great deals and also help some children in need.

  105. Gina Mihalik Salter says:

    What a wonderful idea! I am definitely going to have to investigste local donation opportunities.

  106. Great way to help kids.

  107. peggy fedison says:

    I would just like to thank you for all the good you do in helping other children!! Very commendable!!

  108. Very good idea!

  109. this is great!

  110. Awesome!!!

  111. Great idea in getting the kids involved. I love giving back to the community and giving to kids that would not be able to have new supplies for school.

  112. What a great idea! It really teaches kids alot and lets them participate!

  113. What a great way to teach kids to help others.

  114. we make a up 4 school backpacks every year for a family we know of that are in need.

  115. Great idea. I think I will put some items from the school area in my cart next time I go. I’m also thinking about finding a couple of kids to “adopt” for the school year.

  116. What an amazing thing to do! My daughter is 31 now, but we always did this each year to help children in need and I have continued the tradition with my son, he is 12 yrs old. Not only does it help needy children, but I think it builds character in our own children! Thanks for bringing awareness to this very important charity! No child should be embarrassed or unprepared for school because of lack! This country is to RICH for that to happen!

  117. It’s so great that you’re teaching your kids to give to those less fortunate/

  118. Awesome job helping out!

  119. Crystal Clark says:

    This is such an awesome thing to do!

  120. What a great cause to give to and what a great learning moment for your children.

  121. That’s a great message to send to your kids…especially since they learn most through modeling and encouragement. I’m sure helping others will now be something they *want* to do because of your positive influence.

    But you donated 50 boxes of Post cereal? Does that mean you’ve bought 100 boxes, and Post donated 50 on your behalf? Do you buy them all with coupons? I’m just so amazed. That number is staggering, and I’ve never been good at clipping coupons, so I’m wondering how you do it. :)

    • We donated the 50 boxes from collecting them at my daughter’s school. We started with Buy Two, Give One from ourselves and my Brownie Troop wanted to collect even more, so we asked people in the school to donate! It was nice that people helped us donate a large amount!!!

  122. That is wonderful that you are teaching your children to care about the less fortunate. This is a great way to make the concept really concrete for them.

  123. Love it!

  124. I love seeing parents instilling such charitable traits in their children. My mother was the sane way, and I continue to enjoy giving to different organizations. Providing school supplies to needy children is a terrific cause. I will often collect clearanced school supplies and then donate them. Thanks for giving back to your community and for the helpful advice about ways others can do their part, too. Keep up the good work.

    p_halligan@yaho0.com

  125. Amanda Shattuck says:

    This was such an awesome thing to read about! It’s really amazing how much you & your kids care, I wish more people in this world cared about others.

  126. This is a great opportunity to donate! I wish we had ANY income to do so. Our kids out here need so much to begin with. When I can, I get clearanced items myself and give them to the local public schools. I love how much you and your kids really got into it and were so excited! WAY TO GO!!!!!

  127. Fantastic! I love that you include your kids with your community projects!

  128. Wow. What a great thing you are doing and a wonderful way to teach your kids life lessons.

  129. I think this is great because, as a teacher, I am finding that more and more of my students are coming to class without supplies and many are because they can’t afford it, but neither can the schools with all the budget cuts. Thank you for supporting your community and the future!

  130. This is such a awesome program my kids do this every year as well here.

  131. Great idea!Awesome way to help out! Thanks for the cool idea!

  132. AS THE OWNER OF BACK TO SCHOOL ANGELS ON FACEBOOK I LOVE THIS PROJECT FOR THE CHILDREN. I TO AM FINDING ANGELS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

  133. This is wonderful, anything to help children and schools. Thank you!

  134. this all looks great cant wait tell i get up same money book bag 5 buck and all that stuuf wow

  135. This is a great idea. I wish that more children had the opportunity to do things like this. In this day and age it seems like kids are getting more greedy. These kids are setting a great example.

  136. I really like the Buy 2 Give 1 philosophy, and to involve your children~how great is that.

  137. Great idea

  138. Love the BagitForward idea…my son is in college now, but this post brings back memories of buying the grade school essentials and how much fun it was picking out specific colors/patterns just for my son. It also has given me a little kick in the can to get out and pick up some school supplies,etc for my local area and find out where I can donate – maybe just to the school itself?
    Thanks!

  139. that is so awesome that u did that go you

  140. That is a great thing to do.

  141. thanks so much for sharing this with us. we are greatly involved with the children of our community. We have certainly noticed many parents being more concerned with what can be done for their fams than what they can do for others. I have one friend who keep talking about not having money to help others in spite of our showing through example, giving of onesself is such a blessing for all.

    hydepennym@gmail.com
    penny hyde

  142. Very good thing you all got going on there. I know it feels great to help out the kids in need. Being a single mom 4ever…me and my son were always the ones on the recieving end..thanks deadbeat dad.

  143. Our church puts together filled school backpacks for underprivileged children. People bring in specific items that are on a list to fill the packs.
    Aria H.

  144. Anonymous says:

    How wonderful!!! So nice to be able to give back and teach your children how wonderful it is to do it. Paula Gillespie

  145. This is so wonderful on so many levels. The Elmers glue photo uplod/donate and teaching your children the importance of donating and helping others!

  146. I think the State your living in should supply the school enough supplies for each child to work with.
    Thank you. Jerri Davis

  147. Vicki Chrzanowski says:

    How awesome you and your children are helping those so unfortunate. The rewards that your children are learning will stay with them the rest of their lives…..
    v.chrzanowski@comcast.net

  148. Nice to see others teaching their children about community outreach in this way.

  149. I think it is awesome how everyone has pitched in & donated for these children!!!! I wished the entire country would get a heart & do the same for children all across the country.

    christierobinson7141@yahoo.com

  150. Anonymous says:

    Vey Cool!!

  151. This is such a wonderful idea!! There are so many children out there that are in need!

  152. Belinda Luna says:

    What a great idea

  153. That is awesome of you to do. And AGGGHHHH I NEED TO START PREPARING!!! So busy with construction I just realized school is going to start soon.

  154. this is so great and your kids are great to want to help others .. good job

  155. Wow what a great idea! I know I’d have been excited as a kid to do something like this!

  156. How awesome!! Such a great idea!!

  157. mary nichols says:

    we always buy extra and donate it to the school for those less fortunate. God knows we arent made of money but we want to help out as much as we can

  158. That is awesome, wish we had a program like that here

  159. marge pagan says:

    Such a good idea. My kids are no longer in school so I never thought about donation school items. I always think of food and clothing.

  160. The teachers at my daughters school give the parents a list of items that are shared by all the children throughout the year. My wife sent several boxes of tissue paper and sanitizing hand wipes. They ask you to choose what you want to donate.

  161. Its great to see.

  162. Wow….it is so nice to see this type of program…i once had school aged children and as a disabled parent it was sometimes hard to get them what they needed…thumbs up for being so thoughtful!

  163. wow this is awesome

  164. We have a “Stuff the Bus” in our city every year. It helps many kids in need.

  165. When my son was in elementary school and middle school we often bought extra school supplies and he would take them to school and give them out to those in need. I was always and still am very proud of him. He is now in his third year of college and is still a giver

  166. That is super sweet. Your kids are adorable! It’s obvious they have a good, caring momma teaching them the important things in life.

  167. This is great! Teaching kids to recognize people that are less fortunate and they actually appreciate what they have a appreciate their parents more. I think it teaches respect for other and teaches them how to treat people.

  168. We always buy extra at this time to send to an orphanage in Guatemala with out church mission trip in the winter.

  169. This is a really great way to teach your kids to give back plus, it give you great way to communicate with them!!

  170. What a great thing to do :-)

  171. What a great project for your children.

  172. They sure make for a colorful assortment

  173. I Volunteer at a local Church/Foodbank every Saturday morning for 4-6 hours and I see over 600 young children in need. This makes my heart sing to know how Company’s and people like you are contributing. I am telling you the truth when I say that every single one of those kids I see has a smile on they’re face when they leave with some food and whatever supplies have been donated in tow!! Thank you so very much for this post and I hope all who read it before me (and it looks like a lot) will follow you to Walmart! :)

  174. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s great that your teaching your kids to help others. It looked liked they, and yourself, had a lot of fun doing it.
    kathyross75@yahoo.com

  175. awesome program

  176. Very cool!! Great cause! It’s truly a great feeling helping someone else.

  177. This is a great idea and it is something that they do in my community also…A lot of the banks collect the supplies…I believe and teach my kids…if we can help to do it…there is always someone who may need something a little more then we do

  178. I think this is great.. In this economy, this helps families a lot with school supplies. Thank GOD for people and communities who care!!

  179. Lindsey Green says:

    This is wonderful and a GREAT cause!!

  180. awww super cute and such a great cause.I know i will be needing help and thank god for communities that care and the great people who donate.

  181. ThaT is so awesome that your kids are so into donating! Especially items that are FUN, like school supplies!
    If I am chosen as the winner of the $20 WalMart gift card, I want to Pay it Forward.
    Please give my card to a child in need of school supplies!

  182. What a great way to give back and have fun doing it to. Looks like you and the kids had a great time.

  183. Great things for the children in need, I’m sure the kids will love the backpacks.

  184. This is so awesome! Lists have gotten even gender specific as years go by…so I know there are many families out there that so need these supplies!

  185. Anonymous says:

    This was really wonderful- and thank you for sharing it with all of us! I know there were a couple years in the past when my family had to rely on donations for school supplies and the holiday season– so I’m more than happy to give a helping hand when I can. JanT.

  186. wow! i’m so glad something like this exists to help kids who are less fortunate

  187. This is a fantastic cause!

  188. That is SO Awesome!!! We are getting ready to find out what all my oldest will need! He starts Pre-K this year, and IF we can afford to I will try and get a few extra things to donate as well! That is such a great idea!

  189. Thank you for being an inspiration to your family and the community. I try to do what I can, but now I am inspired to try harder.

  190. Great Program!!!

  191. wow this is a great program.

  192. Amanda Fuller says:

    What an awesome thing to do!!!

  193. What a wonderful idea to teach children empathy, love, and helping others less fortunate. You are such an inspiration! I will definitely try to donate some when I do school shopping for my last child’s last year. :(

  194. This is awesome! I wish everyone that can would do this, there’s so many needy children out there, We did this last year for a child and my daughter felt so proud of herself..loved it!

  195. christina souder says:

    this is a wonderful program i think that i will do this with my kids i have two boys and three girls so the boys can do one the baby girls can do one and my h.s. girl can do one for her. thanks for sharing i cant believe i didnt think of this before thanks again we will have fun doing this.

  196. I love school supplies still and what great kids you have for this great cause!

  197. What a great concept! I remember how fun it was to go “back to school” shopping! I love the idea that the kids can do it twice: once for themselves and once for someone else! And there is nothing like getting new school supplies! LOVE IT!!!! :)

  198. This is amazing!! Many would not do it but it is sk beuond worth it

  199. Amanda Frye says:

    I just think this is so awesome. I am a mother of 3 and cannot afford these things for my kids and wish I had this kind of help but it is good to see that other kids are getting help!!

  200. Anonymous says:

    I love seeing children learning to help others. This is great!

    tammyt1963@centurylink.net

  201. this is great, school stuff can get so expensive, it’s great to help others!

  202. i really like this idea i think i will pass this along to my kids school we know a lot of families that need help here in tennessee

  203. Awesome giveaway!

  204. Your Walmart must be super stocked all the time! I just went to mine and I couldn’t find any sharpies 2 packs or highlighters or backpacks! I still can’t believe its already back to school season already! I love that your donating to a better cause.

  205. Meredith H says:

    What a wonderful program. Glad the kids were involved also :)

  206. Wow, you and your children and beautiful from the inside out!! As a recipient of donated school supplies when my daughter was young, I can tell you how good it makes a child feel to have everything brand new even when Dad disappears and Mom has no money!! It makes me tear up to think of how much I needed the help and people like you and your children gave happily, and it looked like you were having a good time doing it!! So on behalf of the many parents of kids that may not have the money for a new backpack or more than a few pens and pencils, thank you!!! Thank you for your generosity and loving hearts, God has seen this and you will be rewarded!!! :0)

  207. Georgina M. says:

    this is a fantastic way to get your kids involved!

  208. I can’t wait for my kids to do this! They’re still babies. It looks so much fun.

    aisha holley

  209. AWESOME this was a great idea (=

  210. This is a great way to teach our kids about giving and it helps other children feel more comfortable actually having the things needed for school and not feeling out of place!!

    mousssey@bresnan.net

  211. its always a great thing to beable to have help with school supplies

  212. this is great love it

  213. What a great idea children should always be taught early about giving and donating.

  214. Anonymous says:

    Back to school is so exciting for children. I miss those days as my kids are all grown up. Elenora spears

  215. This is a wonderful idea!

  216. Donna Neilson says:

    A awesome way to teach kids how important it is to help one another

  217. Bonny Humston says:

    This is a great idea. More people need to get involved. My daughter has been collecting donations since she was 12 she will be 20 next month. It all started when she seen her very first homeless person trying to stay warm under a bridge. So she collects hats, scarfs, gloves, bookbags and anything else she can think of and will donate the items to the homeless shelter, and every christmas they get a bunch of friends together and put food bags together and hand them out. (We do contact the local Police Department to let them no because they all no the strets are not safe) So Safety does come 1st.

  218. misty farmer says:

    This is such a great thing!! I try to help so many with school supplies to see them smile! :)

  219. I know this is a review but it’s July. Get out of the school aisle PLEASE!

  220. oh how fun, This is my favorite time of year. I love school supply shopping. My kids are all grown but I still shop and donate items to my nephew school or headstart. Its not as fun alone as it is with little ones, which is obvious by your cute pictures

  221. This is so cool! Looks like your kids had a lot of fun helping out too :)

  222. I love your family’s enthusiasm for giving! Fantastic! Such a perfect time to give, stocking up on back to school special prices to help students and educators!

  223. I love how involved your kids are! This is definitely something they will remember and use later in life as they become caring grown ups.

  224. Janet Jackson says:

    What an awesome way to involve your children and show them how to put others ahead of themselves! Last year at Christmas instead of buying all the Jackson kids a cheap $ gift they would soon break/lose etc. we made a donation to a local food pantry in their honor.

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