Laura from Frugal Family Tree collects a huge bag full of school supplies for kids in need. They are donating to their local school, which is the same school Laura went to as a child and the school her kids will go to. “It feels awesome to be able to help a teacher and her students that are a part of my own neighborhood.” See Laura’s story here: Frugal Family Tree
Amber from Thrity Ninjas participated in an event called Kidz Kutz that truly helped many kids with both hair cuts and supplies for school! Inspirational story!! She donated some supplies and helped many Bag It Forward! “In the end, this is what it is all about! The kids walking away, ready for their first day of school with a fresh hair cut and a backpack with
supplies!” Read more of her story here.
August means Back-to-School! Elmer’s Bag It Forward SIMPLE Service Project has done all the work for you. They have provided backpacks full of essential school supplies, all in one pack. The Elmer’s Help Them Learn pallet is in 2,000 WalMart supercenters nationwide.
Each backpack includes
- Elmer’s Large School Glue Stick
- Crayola Crayons 24ct
- Cra-Z-art bold markers 10ct
- Cra-Z-art colored pencils 12ct
- Fiskars Safety Edge Scissors
- Papermate Ball Point Pen 10ct
- Dixon #2 Pencils 8pk
- 3 Norcom One Subject Notebooks
- 5 Paper pocket folders
- Avery 3 Ring Binder 1”
- 2 in 1 Sharpener
In addition to all the supplies, the packs also includes the coupons for other Champions for Kids Partners and many others including the following:
- Nickelodeon Colgate
- Farm Rich
We hope you’ll join thousands of others meet the needs of children as they return to school. If your WalMart doesn’t carry the featured backpacks, create your own with the wide selection of Elmer’s and other back to school products at your local WalMart. Then donate your bags to a local school to help children in need in your community.
Once you Bag It Forward, share your story with us to let us know that you were a Champion for Kids!
Francine of Have Kids…Will Coupon loves coupons! She shows us how combining coupons and sales can help get items for donations for free or cheap. Francine is excited to combine items from her stockpile and items donated from local dentists to make a great donation to her church.
“Over the past year, I have kicked my coupon strategies up a notch and have build quite a stockpile of personal care items. This is my favorite kind of stockpile for many reasons. The items last for years and I don’t have to worry about critters or spoilage, I never, ever, run out of items in the middle of a shower and the best reason of all….I can make large donations from it!”
Megan of Half-Pint House plans to help Colorado wildfire victims with her Champions for Kids donation. After working at Eagle Lake Camp for 13 years she knows the area and community well. Come see how she is making a special donation with help from her family and friends.
“I was pretty excited about getting involved in this new Champions for Kids Simple Service project because I know of an area with a pretty big need right now: Colorado Springs in the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire.”
Sarah of Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves was inspired to participate in the Make The Switch Challenge with Jennie-O and Champions For Kids and to use the experience as a way to teach her children about the importance of giving to those in need.
For this project, Sarah’s family gave up white bread and other unhealthy baked goods. Already a fan of the health benefits of protein-packed turkey, Sarah’s family are not strangers to delicious turkey meals. “If you haven’t given turkey a try yet then give it a chance! Swap out ground beef with ground turkey at your next meal and see if you notice the difference. I typically add a little more seasoning when making things like meatballs or tacos with it.”
Sarah’s family made a donation of healthy foods to their local food bank with their savings. “My kids learned the value of donating healthy food to kids in need. It boggled their minds that some kids don’t have food to eat. It was such an important lesson to instill in them and by including them in the whole process it really sunk in and they still talk about it!”
Lori of A Day In Motherhood and her family made a SIMPLE sacrifice of cookies from their diet to help children in need for the Make The Switch Challenge with Jennie-O and Champions For Kids. They were surprised just how easy the switch was.
Lori’s family took their savings and created a number of healthy dishes for her daughter’s pre-school class to enjoy while discussing ways the children could make healthy choices for themselves and their futures.
“t was a beautiful mid day treat and everyone was so thrilled with the food, fun and the fact that there were so many kids that loved all of the food! Even the teachers were a little surprised! This was a wonderful and rewarding project – as they all are with Champions for Kids – and it took away my fear of taking away things that I knew I should have a long time ago! I am enjoying my savings, my new – healthier – family, and my lesson in life!”
Yadira of Club de las Diosas was excited to increase the health factor of her family’s diet by taking the Make The Switch Challenge with Jennie-O and Champions For Kids. She found that adding lean Jennie-O to her family’s meals was easy, less expensive and well received by her family. Through SIMPLE changes, she converted her savings into a generous donation for a charitable organization in her community, the Coalition for Homeless.
Liza of Views From The ‘Ville and her family decided to include friends in taking the Make The Switch Challenge with Jennie-O and Champions For Kids. Liza created a healthy meal to share, using lean Jennie-O turkey in her lasagna recipe. The discussion topic for her dinner party: “helping to educate our family and friends on the needs of our community, and then making a donation to meet some of those needs.”
Over just a few weeks of giving up pre-made breakfasts and some sweets, Liza’s family was able to make a donation of healthy foods to help children in need in her community and is inspired to continue to reach out.
The results of her dinner party created an even greater impact. “Everyone was surprised to find out just how many children are at risk for hunger in our country on a daily basis. Once they heard just how great the need is everyone wanted to know how they could help. When I told them that we were collecting donations to take to the next LifeBridge Basic Needs Drive some people gave monetary donations and others asked if they could drop off food donations to go over with ours.”